Peter Brötzmann & ICI Ensemble – Beautiful Lies (Neos Jazz, 2016) ****
Beautiful Lies is a recording of a concert given by Peter Brötzmann and Munich’s ICI Ensemble in February 2014. Brötzmann plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and tárogató, and the Ensemble consists of David Jäger (soprano & tenor saxophones, bass clarinet), Roger Jannotta (flutes, clarinet, oboe, alto saxophone), Markus Heinze (baritone & alto saxophones, cornet), Christofer Varner (trombone), Leo Gmelch (tuba, bass trombone), Martin Wolfrum (piano), Gunnar Geisse (laptop), Georg Janker (bass, electronics) and Sunk Pöschl (drums).
Peter Brötzmann & ICI Ensemble – Beautiful Lies
"The International Composers and Improvisers (ICI) Ensemble come to Beautiful Lies (NEOS) after past encounters with George Lewis, Olga Neuwirth and William Parker, among others. It’s probably safe to assume that Peter Brötzmann, who composed the music and stars as featured performer, needs no introduction.
Although the ICI Ensemble accommodates him beautifully, Brötzmann is very much a focal presence throughout Beautiful Lies, which was recorded in concert in Munich in February 2014. Every player makes their mark, but he naturally dominates a four-strong reeds section. There’s been the odd complaint on social media that the set isn’t graced by one of Brötzmann’s woodcuts or lithographs, but the object photographed for the cover is one of his, a 2013 sculpture in wood, leather and paint, titled Joystick – a signal, perhaps, that the saxophonist had this date very much under his control." ....