Machine Gun

Peter Brötzmann - Machine Gun
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1968 Ratings: #28
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May 1, 1968 / Release Date
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I have a sweetspot for the more, if you will edgier side of Jazz music, while i do enjoy cool and modal jazz from time to time, my fascination and love for the darker experimental/Avante-Garde corner of the jazz realm rises to the top. For some reason i am often taken aback by the sonic harshness of hearing instruments being taken to their limits, or the highest register they can possibly reach, maybe it is my sense of adventurousness bleeding into my music tastes, that i enjoy hearing that ... read more
Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 1960's: #168

8 jazz improvisers get together and see if they can make their instruments sound like weapons, they succeed. The disorienting and at times, frightening chaos found on the titular track somehow seems to be a more devastating critique of the Vietnam era than Bob Dylan or Phil Ochs could ever hope to produce.

The parallels to the coming No Wave movement, as well as noise rock in general, are almost to obvious to point out. But, the sheer ... read more
This came out in 1968
German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann's intense, highly dissonant outbursts (a legacy of Albert Ayler's explosiveness) are fully displayed on the avant-garde jazz classic Machine Gun: a tour-de-force that sees him in his most explorative and absolutely deranged operative-state, creating massive dissonant sessions created by three saxophones, piano, two basses and two drummers in a set of relentless and discordant sessions, suitably titled after the rapid-fire machine gun. There is no questioning ... read more
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