“Mr. Brötzmann is famous for a hardheaded, fulminating style devoid of any trace of bathos.”—New York Times
“Pedal steel guitar player from hell. Not for the faint-hearted.”—The List
No music is more suitable for turbulent times than the compositions of German free jazz pioneer Peter Brötzmann. His screams of saxophone redefine the sensation of listening altogether, eschewing assimilation. Brötzmann’s seminal 1968 record Machine Gun claims the rare distinction as a Penguin Guide to Jazz Crown Album. While Brötzmann hurls his notes in bursts, pedal steel player Heather Leigh builds tension in sonic mandalas balanced equally upon silence and sound. Her young career still ascending, Leigh has collaborated with an icon-heavy roster of avant-garde players and released her first album, I Abused Animal, in 2015. As a duo, Brötzmann maneuvers his volatility through Leigh’s echoing, warped twang. The result is a concentration of welcome intensity. On the heels of their debut release, Ears Are Filled With Wonder, Brötzmann and Leigh’s Discover Jazz Festival appearance is one of their only US engagements.