November 10, 2010 – 3:56 am

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Moers Festival 2010 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Moers Festival, Moers, Germany; May 23, 2010. Very good radio broadcast.

Free jazz - is it noise for noise’s sake?

This was posted at, where Spring Day commented:

Venit, videt, vicit – Moers veteran Peter Broetzmann’s Chicago Tentet rocked the tent and enthused the crowd, what else could be expected? A lot of tutti blowing at a high volume level, interrupted by a various solos and smaller group combinations. Glued together by a free funk rhythm unit, especially the twofold powerhouse drumming of Paal Nilssen-Love and Michael Zerang…

In effect this concert has challenged my formerly unreflected idea that free improvisation is a more or less unmediated expression of and contribution to freedom. When I got back home after the festival, I started to dig a bit deeper, because this question kept moving me. And with the help of a review in the Eartrip magazine #5, I found the interesting book, Noise and Capitalism, edited by Mattin and Anthony Iles. I found that the danger of chauvinism in improvised music was only something I haven’t thought about yet, but others were well-aware of it. In the eartrip review David Grundy speaks about machism of noise music and goes even further:

“So: why are so many of the artists mentioned men, playing at gigs attended by men? Is there perhaps something - dare I use the word? - phallocentric about noise, about the whole rock and roll myth of the singer with his phallic guitar or saxophone? They don’t use the term ‘cock rock’ for nothing, and they might as well invent a similar term for less mainstream manifestations of ‘aggression’ and ‘energy’ in music.”

So is Broetzmann’s Chicago Tentet the free jazz version of “cock rock”? Maybe… (though I must admit that in one way Grundy’s quote doesn’t really fit here, because there were enough women in the audience.) What was possibly lacking in this concert (or this group?) was what Mattin describes as the will to take risks:

“Improvised music is not progressive in itself, but it invites constant experimentation. When players feel too secure about their approaches, the experimentation risks turning into Mannerism. What I would like to explore here are the moments in which players leave behind a safe zone and expose themselves in the face of the internalised structures of judgment that govern our appreciation of music. These I would call fragile moments.” (Mattin & Iles, Noise & Capitalism, p. 20)
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While Spring Day concluded “I didn’t see any fragile moments in the playing of the ensemble as a whole”, other jazz fans might feel that they had just witnessed a serious work out.

Thanks to Lewojazz who recorded and edited the show and shared the tracks on Dime.

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Track 01. Radio DJ Michael Ruesenberg – 1:09 (1.8MB)
Track 02. Titel – 22:03 (36.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 03. Radio DJ Michael Ruesenberg – 0:56 (1.5MB)

Peter Broetzmann - sax, cl
Mats Gustafsson - sax, cl
Ken Vandermark - sax, cl
Joe McPhee - tp
Johannes Bauer - tb
Jeb Bishop - tb
Per-Åke Holmlander - tuba
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello
Kent Kessler - b
Paal Nilssen-Love - dr
Michael Zerang - dr

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  1. 3 Responses to “PETER BROETZMANN - MOERS 2010”

  2. hey bigo, now you’re talking again!!! i’ll get this, when i wake up in the morning. it’s been awhile on brotzmann. bigo readers and downloaders may remember the wertmuller project he’s on from last year. it’s a good one. if i remember correctly, keiji haino and peter evans are on it too.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 10, 2010

  3. i have one thing vandermark is on below. it was a free download 3 years ago that weasel gave away. he’s giving away tfl-greatest hits too. i got it yesterday. it’s good.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 11, 2010

  4. I have had this for a while now, time to listen to it. I read the Spring-Any-Day-Now review in its full length. I have to agree that he raises some interesting points, but in the end it seems like too much cavilling about nothing. Of course, the Chicago Tentet is not supposed to mirror living in a society. No band anywhere at anytime has been the sort of egalitarian utopia the Spring wishes to live in. Sort of a useless way to critique a band in my opinion.

    By beelzbubba on Dec 16, 2010

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