Frode Gjerstad (Alto Saxophone), Peter Brotzmann (Tenor Saxophone)
You might expect a great density to this session but it has surprising space and variety. Musically you might also expect a lot from these giants and in that you'd be correct. Seven cuts ranging from under two minutes to over seventeen and that live up to the billing.
It is hard to imagine another saxophonist with the power and intensity of Peter Brötzmann. It is even harder to think that such a player would emerge from the serene environs of Norway. Norwegian powerhouse Frode Gjerstad successfully confronts Brötzmann in concert for seven totally improvised numbers in an unmitigated blast of power. It can be difficult to listen to two such forceful players alone for the full length of a CD. Yet, they each listen so carefully to one another, and permit space to play such an important role, that each of the seven pieces is full of surprises and wonders. At times, the duo is reminiscent of similar efforts between Steve Lac....... more