Frode Gjerstad

Invisible Touch

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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 Lacy and Evan Parker, but with added variety. Gjerstad may not have quite the astonishing force of Brötzmann (who does?), but he commands an authoritative presence, and proves a challenging partner.

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