FMP #9: Lonely Brötzmann

To continue the Ornette vibe of this week, we are proud and delighted to bring you a phenomenal 1984 solo outing from Peter Brötzmann, one that kicks off with a loose, baritone rendition of “Lonely Woman.” What follows are 23 etudes of varying length, from mere seconds to a max of six minutes, wherein Brötzmann experiments with tone and texture on a wide range of horns.

Far from an ascetic experience, 14 Love Poems (Plus Ten More) provides moments of sheer beauty and lush melodic forays. While not quite “Brötzmann for Lovers,” it nonetheless has us swooning. For anyone who’s never taken the plunge on a Brötzmann album, this is an excellent entry point. And for hardcore fans, it offers a rare glimpse of the softer side of the leather-lunged titan. We hope you’ll pick up a copy in the Dest: OUT store via the link above!

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