Peter Brötzmann/Paal Nilssen-Love Duo, 1939 Ensemble

When: Sun., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. 2013


The story has been handed down to free jazz fans for years, to the point that one worries it is apocryphal. But the truth is that German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann once blew so hard at a gig that he ended up cracking a rib. That should give you some indication as to the power and fury of the 72-year-old's work over the years, which has found him extemporizing wildly alongside fellow legends like Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, and William Parker. On this very rare Portland appearance, Brötzmann is accompanied by percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, a player whose minimalist daring and physical oomph are more than enough to keep up with his German compatriot's muscular skronk and bleat. ROBERT HAM

Price: $12-20

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