Peter Brötzmann justified the crude nomenclature of early recordings like Machine Gun, Nipples, and Balls with the coarse tone and pugilistic phrasing of his saxophone playing. So the vulgar cover image of his latest album, Sex Tape, which depicts a crucified man getting a blow job from a viper, looks like a roots move. But […]
Hamid Drake’s fluid fusion of jazz, reggae, and world-music percussion styles has made him an invaluable part of countless groups.
Between now and Wednesday, your live-music options include the Handsome Family, Abraham Levitan, Peter Brötzmann, Mayer Hawthorne, Twin Peaks, and Justin Timberlake and Jay Z.
Current musical obsessions of John Corbett of Corbett vs. Dempsey and filmmaker Brian Ashby
Current obsessions of Lovely Little Girls bassist Alex Perkolup and Arriver guitarist and vocalist Dan Sullivan
Shows to see today through Wednesday include Dan Tepfer, Dustin Wong and Blues Control, and the duo of Peter Brotzmann and Jason Adasiewicz
Pre-Umbrella Festival action around town today includes a Peter Brotzmann documentary and a trio gig from Dave Rempis, Mike Reed, and Devin Hoff.
Venerable free-jazz label FMP is dead, but it leaves behind a box set chronicling the thriving community it helped nurture.
Tenor-sax giant Fred Anderson and the community he sustained
Okka Disk uncovers a valuable slice of Chicago’s free-jazz past.