Werner Lüdi, though relatively little known at this disc was being released, had been a mainstay of the Swiss music scene since the early '60s. He and Brötzmann had played together as youths in 1962 but not again until this 1989 meeting. For much of this live recording, the two operate at extremely high intensity; pieces like the lovingly titled "You Poor Old Sausage" and "The Divine Monosyllable" are white-hot outpourings of sound likely to unsettle all but the most intrepid of listeners. Lüdi's alto has a liquid tone that contrasts nicely against Brötzmann's burr. Ruminations like "We Are in Schlemozzle," on the other hand, evoke the somewhat drunkenly melancholic reminiscences of old friends. Much of this album does in fact give the impression of eavesdropping on a private, if often ribald, conversation between a couple of warhorses who still retain a good deal of youthful fire. Wie Das Leben So Spielt is worth hearing not only as a solid example of Brötzmann playing in a horn duo situation, but also as a rare sample of the work of Werner Lüdi, who died in 2000, still very much under-recorded.
AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick