Tuesday, March 16, 2010


In the spring of 2008 Peter Brötzmann (as, ts), Michiyo Yagi (koto) and Paal Nilssen-Love (dr) toured Norway together with sound man Audun Strype, who recorded all the ten concerts.
I heard them at the Landmark club in Bergen on this tour, and really enjoyed that show, but the concert held in Volda was considered the best, and so we get "Volda" on Idiolect (2010). The CD has three tracks lasting from 11 to 23 minutes ("Volda 1-3"), and it sure is a varied and really great album (music by Brötzmann, but improv - free jazz is the game). I´ll listen to Brötzmann and Nilssen-Love in all kinds of bands, but this trio with Yagi´s koto is something special. Yagi plays 21- and 17-string kotos, that are modified in some way or the other.
See if you can find this album.

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