Nothing To Say: A Suite of Breathless Motion Dedicated to Oscar Wilde

Peter Brötzmann

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Nothing To Say: A Suite of Breathless Motion Dedicated to Oscar Wilde Review

by Brian Olewnick

Subtitled "A Suite in Breathless Motion Dedicated to Oscar Wilde," Nothing to Say is a remarkably mature solo recording that documents numerous aspects of Brotzmann's approach, not just that of fire-breathing bellower. While his basic attitude had remained as absolutely impassioned and committed as it had ever been, by the '90s, Brotzmann, now into his fifties, had developed a more concise and contemplative attack. On many pieces, one hears a good bit more blues in his arsenal than before, as well as more overt references to past saxophone masters including Eric Dolphy and Albert Ayler. There is no sense of wasted time here and no frivolous displays of virtuosity. Each song is as long or short as necessary to fully develop, and any technique employed, standard or extended, is subservient to the overarching conception of the piece. Solo recordings like this and No Nothing are fine primers for one of the deepest players on the free jazz scene. Fans of his relatively popular Chicago Tentet should listen to at least one of his solo albums to get a firmer grasp on his fascinating persona.

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