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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 8:00pm

Peter Brötzmann-Nasheet Waits Duo

Peter Brötzmann , saxophones + clarinet + tarogato
Nasheet Waits, drums

"The pairing of German saxophone titan Peter Brötzmann and American drummer Nasheet Waits isn't an obvious one. They're both adventurous musicians who play deeply in the jazz tradition - but that gentle vacuity aside, Brötzmann is a fire-breathing free improviser whose work is usually measured in volume and intensity, while Waits has been associated with some of the most cerebral and subtle pianists around - Fred Hersch, Andrew Hill, and Jason Moran. Well, drop any assumptions based on associations (and maybe recall that subtle pianists can embrace tumultuous drummers (e.g. witness the special affinity between Bill Evans and Philly Joe Jones), for Brötzmann and Waits are an extraordinary duo, able to vindicate an instrumental pairing that can run quickly to bombast. The two invoke some of the best reed-drum dialogues I've heard, like the signal meetings of Coltrane and Rashied Ali (Interstellar Space) and Jimmy Lyons and Andrew Cyrille (Burnt Offerings). Waits plays in the same polyrhythmic tradition as Ali and Cyrille (directly from the Joneses - Philly Joe and Elvin), and he creates a constantly shifting field, rolling and roiling around the kit with a consistent and internally cool barrage of great density and subtlety, accents shifting and flying off." - Stuart Broomer, Signal To Noise

Peter Brötzmann (b.1941) studied at the Art Academy of Wuppertal before beginning his music career in German swing and be-bop bands. Subsequent pivotal associations in the early 1960s with the Fluxus movement (including Nam June Paik), bassist Peter Kowald, and Americans-in-Paris Don Cherry and Steve Lacy encouraged Brötzmann's unorthodox approach, often described as "sonic terror." A founder of European Free Jazz movement, his work includes collaborations and recordings with Last Exit (with Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock and Ronald Shannon Jackson), Evan Parker, Misha Mengelberg and Borah Bergman. Recent projects include Die Like a Dog (with William Parker, Hamid Drake and Toshinori Kondo), his homage to Albert Ayler, and a Chicago and Scandinavian based Tentet featuring Ken Vandermark.

Nasheet Waits is a musician with an intuitive understanding of the complex rhythmic requirements of modern drumming. His interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist Freddie Waits, who over the course of his career played with Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner and many other jazz greats. Waits first gained widespread attention as a member of Antonio Hart Quintet in 1992, and he remains a standing member of Hart's recording and touring ensembles. Since then, Waits has performed with Geri Allen, Jaki Byard, Ron Carter, Steve Coleman, Joe Lovano, Jackie McLean, Joshua Redman, Mark Turner and many others. Besides being a member of various bands led by Andrew Hill, Waits has been member of the Fred Hersch Trio, and Jason Moran's Bandwagon, the latter proclaimed as one of the most exciting rhythm sections to emerge in the new millennium. Richard Cook calls the young drummer "a terse, unflappable player who sounds remarkably mature and seasoned. Waits has the dark, copper-bottomed sound of his creative ancestors."