Just in time for your Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Festivus shopping, we’ve got some brand new offerings in our FMP download store. They’re the perfect gift for that hard-working person on your list whose impeccable music tastes are never fully appreciated: namely, YOU!
One you won’t want to miss is The Nearer the Bone, The Sweeter the Meat – never before on CD and recently picked by The Wire as one of saxophone colossus Peter Brötzmann’s most crucial recordings. It features legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo (see Alexander Hawkins’ recent guest post about him!) and bassist Harry Miller. It’s a stunning album, but don’t take our word for it:
Moholo’s skipping gallop of rat-a-tat snare and high-tuned toms, accompanied by shouts and moans of ecstatic excitement, propels the set with terrific forward momentum. But what’s most impressive is the trio’s ability to ease off the volume and open up a more subtle sound palette, without ever letting the velocity or intensity flag. As Moholo drops down into a rapid patter, like raindrops on an upturned wooden bucket, Miller investigates abstract arco shapes, which find a natural resonance with Brötzmann’s long, languid lines. The title track is a study in patience, with Miller’s pizzicato details and Moholo’s muted barrage guiding Brotzmann into a leisurely ascent from the lower registers of his bass clarinet, like thick coils of smoke slowly rising. -Daniel Spicer, The Wire
Or listen for yourself:
Other new FMP digital releases to check out:
This uber-rare and highly sought-after debut recording from Rüdiger Carl is finally available again! Featuring the unusual trio of tenor sax, trombone, and drums, the six tracks chart a musical dialogue that’s roiling and rumbling, intense and interwoven. European fire music!
This FMP power trio presents the sonorous bass clarinet of Michel Pilz alongside bass powerhouse Peter Kowald and percussionist extraordinaire Paul Lovens. A lovely mid-1970s foray into spontaneous song-making.