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A tale of three cities

by Melbye/Berre/Brötzmann

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Bahnhof 20:11
Bakskuld 11:54
Bebo Blues 33:38


Melbye/Berre/Brötzmann had its debut in 2007 in connection with a diploma exam at the Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark. The exam was the first completely free-improvised of its kind in Denmark and resulted in the forming of MBB – a hardworking and hardhitting trio that delivers no-nonsense free jazz. The music is uncompromising and raw but wide in its dynamic width and rests on a high level of communication between the three musicians. Peter Brötzmann is a lighthouse on the international impro scene and has for more than 40 years been making music without borders with numerous orchestras, as well as creating one of the most easily recognizable voices in contemporary music. Håkon Berre and Adam Pultz Melbye has for six years constituted the rhythm section in a large number of groups and has played with musicians such as Simon Spang-Hanssen, Jesper Zeuthen, Petter Wettre, John Tchicai, Thommy Andersson and Pierre Dørge's New Jungle Orchestra. The 20th of March 2009 MBB released its debut CD ”A tale of three cities” (bfrec008) on Barefoot Records.

“..The trio describes its music as no-nonsense free jazz, which is inarguably true. The music is raw and played from the gut…”

“…Danish bass player Adam Melbye and Norwegian drummer Håkon Berre shows a very good, almost telepathic understanding of Brötzmann’s intentions. Not to be understood as if the music is being driven forward on Brötzmann’s premises but more that the music is located in a time pocket that reaches backward to the experiments of the 1960’s with form as content. Adam Melbye and Håkon Berre are competent musicians which is an absolute prerequisite for playing completely free music. The almost symbiotic understanding and open form of communication that comes to be between the three, resolves the dynamic forces of the music in a wonderful fashion. At the same time this means that the music is deligthfully free of the idle repition that is the achille’s heel of much free music…”

Reviewed in Jazz Special, June 2009 by Allan Sommer.


released March 20, 2009

Peter Brötzmann - saxophones, taragot
Adam Pultz Melbye - bass
Håkon Berre - drums

Recorded at: Christianshavns Beboerhus - Copenhagen, VMK Academy of Music - Esbjerg, Jazzclub im Stellwerk - Hamburg, 2009
Sound engineering: Oscar André Lie Foss
Cover design: Håkon Berre


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Barefoot Records Copenhagen, Denmark

Barefoot Records is a musician-run collective and record label, consisting of artists from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Ireland and Poland. Originality and artistic integrity are keywords in the catalogue of 60 critically acclaimed releases of the label that, instead of sticking to any specific genre, takes musical gut feeling as its guiding force. ... more

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