Modern Persuasion

BodaBoda Duo & Peter Brötzmann

Medium: LP
Year: 2015

Availability: In stock



By Martin Schray on freejazzblog

Peter Brötzmann basically has preferred three types of cooperations in recent years: well-rehearsed formations like his trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble (plus the extension with Jason Adasiewicz) or his band Full Blast (with drummer Michael Wertmüller and bassist Marino Pliakas), collaborations with people he hasn’t worked before (e.g. with pedal steel guitarist Heather Leigh), and then he also likes to be the special guest - as for the Turkish band kONSTRUKt or the German trio Die Dicken Finger (with guitarist Olaf Rupp, bassist Jan Roder and drummer Oliver Steidle) or the Swiss XOL (with trumpeter Guy Bettini, bassist Luca Pissavini and drummer Franceso Miccolis).
This album belongs to the last category.

The Danish BodaBoda Duo consists of guitarist Jakob Thorkild  and drummer Bjørn Heebøll, who have released six albums since their debut in 2004. Among others they have worked with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Raymond Strid or Swedish sax player Sture Ericson. In general their approach reminds of bands like Lightning Bolt - freely improvised, brutal, violent noise which has its roots in experimental alternative rock. 

Although Peter Brötzmann usually isn’t so much into this kind of music (when asked about the music he listens to he always points out that this is predominantly the music of his youth - Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins etc.), he likes to play in such brute contexts (just think of Last Exit, Hairy Bones or his work with Keiji Haino). And that’s why you don’t get disappointed here either. 

The band throws you in the deep end right away, there is no warming up. “The Beauty“ starts with Brötzmann’s typical call to arms accompanied by a guitar that sounds like a maelstrom of screws and nails, while the drumming is in the best Paal Nilssen-Love tradition. Brötzmann blows like in the old days with Bennink and Van Hove, supported by Heebøll's light-speed cymbal work and mad guitar loops by Thorkild - as if Pat Metheny was on chrystal meth. “Designed“, the second track, opens with a furious yet bluesy Brötzmann solo and when the band drops in they add microtonal staccato shredder before the guitar changes its tone and sound to a more rock-orientated approach that reminds of Living Colour’s Vernon Reid going thrash metal. But then something magical happens: the music stops, only a guitar feedback remains, as if there was a new whole piece.  And while the drums add rimshot barrage at the end, the guitar changes to Spacemen 3’s two-tone “Walk with Jesus“ theme. At this moment alternative rock psychedelia meets hyperactive drumming while Brötzmann displays his Ayler roots. These eight minutes alone are worth listening.