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Cien Fuegos presents live recordings circa 1975 Berlin from the legendary free music duo of German free jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, Dutch jazz drummer and percussionist Han Bennink and pianist/accordionist Fred Van Hove. Instrumentation: Peter Brötzmann (clarinets, alto, tenor & bass saxophone, vocals), Fred Van Hove: (piano, accordion), Han Bennink: (drums, cymbals, Schwirrholz, accordion, clarinets, floor, walls, megaphone, etc.). Recorded by Jost Gebers on Sunday afternoon, September 14th, 1975 at the Quartier Latin in Berlin. A6 was recorded live by Jost Gebers on September 13th, 1975 at the Quartier Latin in Berlin. Produced by Jost Gebers. This album was originally released on FMP, 1970. FMP catalog number: FMP 0230.
This cooperative trio released a number of albums for FMP in the late '60s and early '70s, and affords the listener a chance to hear a lighter, more playful side of Peter Brötzmann, whose reputation is derived from more extreme and assaultive sessions such as Machine Gun and Nipples. Surely part of this approach is due to the antic nature of percussionist Han Bennink, who, whether playing his drum set or the studio floor, accordions or clarinets, rarely fails to inject wit and sly humor into the proceedings. Tschüs is arranged almost as a suite of shorter works, some having a relatively straight jazz and blues nature, others edging into the investigation of pure sound as championed by groups such as AMM. Van Hove's clear, supple piano playing often serves as the bridge between Brötzmann's wilder stylings and Bennink's (often literally) off-the-wall punctuations. Brötzmann's bass sax work on "Bierhaus Wendel" is lush and creamy, especially in conjunction with Van Hove's accordion. The album ends with a charmingly schmaltzy vocal rendition of the title cut, featuring Brötzmann's crooning over the strangled bird cries produced (who knows how?) by Bennink and Van Hove's cocktail piano. This alone is worth the price of admission."-Brian Olewnick, All Music Guide