Brötzmann / Van Hove / Bennink, Balls
Peter Brötzmann – tenor saxophone
Fred Van Hove – piano
Han Bennink – drums, gachi, shell, voice
Recorded: August 17, 1970, Berlin
Balls screams counter-culture. Check Bennink’s gaunt pale frame standing sternly with his mates on the front cover. Or Brötzmann’s hunched visage on the reverse, tenor clutched tightly in vice-grip, caught in mid-renal shout. Then there’s Van Hove, sleeves rolled up, bent over the innards of his piano, almost certainly up to some sort of nefarious deconstructionist doings. These three guys meant business when it came to disrupting the status quo, and they weren’t about to let the conventions of jazz stand in the way of their systematic demolition of preconceptions. A thrilling ride.
- “Balls”, Derek Taylor