Peter Brotzmann, Mars Williams, Kent Kessler, and Hamid Drake; Josh Berman & His Gang; DJs John Herndon and Josh Abrams | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Peter Brotzmann, Mars Williams, Kent Kessler, and Hamid Drake; Josh Berman & His Gang; DJs John Herndon and Josh Abrams Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., April 24, 9 p.m. 2010

With a half century of experience and six solo albums under his belt, PETER BRÖTZMANN doesn't need anyone else in the room to make world-class music. But to reach his greatest heights, this first-generation free jazz originator—who wields nearly every horn in the clarinet and saxophone families, as well as a Middle European single-reed instrument called the tarogato—requires a partner with the energy and ideas to match his immense, commanding tone, bottomless stamina, and whisker-singeing ferocity. In the 90s Chicagoan percussion master HAMID DRAKE set the bar with his virtuosic facility with tonal colors and dynamic contrasts—the reedist has had some great duo partners since, but none better. Drake's combination of fearless confrontation and generous support is very different from the approach of earlier Brötzmann foils like Han Bennink, who delighted in trying to stump the German with Dada madness; he might introduce alien material like reggae or Middle Eastern grooves, but he always takes care that the total music makes sense. In his company Brötzmann's playing has reached new levels of rhythmic daring and emotional tenderness. They haven't worked together much since the early aughts, but tonight they'll revive the duo they immortalized on The Dried Rat-Dog (Okka Disk) in 1994—and they're bringing copies of a new CD recorded on their previous stateside tour, in 2004, also available online from the Eremite label. See also Friday when Places and Things 8tet and DJ John Corbett play, minus Kessler, Berman, Herndon, and Abrams. —Bill Meyer

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