Die Like a Dog Quartet

From Valley to Valley

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This version of the Die Like a Dog Quartet substitutes trumpeter Roy Campbell on trumpet. Otherwise, in addition to Brötzmann, the group includes percussionist Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker. From the perspective of free-style jazz, it does not get much better than this, the group totally in sync for three untitled pieces recorded live at the Fire in the Valley jazz festival in Amherst, Massachusetts. From any perspective, this very tight, highly disciplined unit is one of the leading ventures in the history of avant-garde jazz. On the second "tune, " they launch into a magnificent dialogue for forty minutes, rising and ebbing, with distinguished improvisations along the way. Campbell is a big plus, his clipped phrases, bold gestures, and confidant lines a welcome addition to the group sound. As to be expected, Brötzmann electrifies with never-ending torching, while Parker and Drake flow in and out with mesmerizing solidity.

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