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Die Like A Dog - Complete FMP Recordings Box set

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Jazzwerkstatt
  • ASIN: B000XZ6R5E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fragments of music, life and death of Albert Ayler
Disc: 2
1. Little Birds Have Fast Heats, No. 1
Disc: 3
1. Little Birds Have Fast Heats, No. 2
Disc: 4
1. Aoyama Crows

Product Description

Disc: 1 1. Fragments of Music, Life and Death of Albert Aylor - Toshinori Kondo Disc: 2 1. Little Birds Have Fast Hearts No. 1 Disc: 3 1. Little Birds Have Fast Hearts No. 2 Disc: 4 1. Aoyama Crows

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sep 2013
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An incredible 4 cds packed with the most amazing free jazz I have heard in ages.

This 4 cd set is a must buy for anyone who has any interest whatsoever in free jazz, or Peter Brotzmanns work. It is a testament to 4 individuals who all have their own distinct sound working together like telepathics.

Parker and Drake, on rhythm duties, swing, get funky, hold the pulse and change tempo and pace with such a degree of sympathy that it is hard to believe that this was all 100% improvised, which it was. They play together like a single unit.

Brotzmann and Kondo are like a pair of folks let go mad with flamethrowers across fields of corn. They play distinctly different styles of music, Brotzmann getting his sax to produce primal sounds that harken back to the beginning of time, Kondo using the trumpet to inject a wide screen atmospheric vibe, occasionally using the wah wah and effects like Miles did during his electric period.

So, if you fancy taking the sonic equivalent of riding a rollercoaster through a burning rig this is the album for you.
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Great buy.If you can find these discs individually,and I can only easily find the "Little Birds"pairing,they'll set you back more than this 4cd box,which also has Fragments and Crows included.I don't quite know what the situation is with FMP,they seem to have virtually no stock of most of their product,and I believe some of their out of print albums are now being reissued by Atavistic records.If they're still going,and I think they must be,it seems they are merely limping along...anyhow,if you're a free jazz fan,this can only enhance your life.
Just one other thing,there were 5 albums made by Die Like A Dog,the other is on the Eremite label,but with a different trumpeter,so the description here,Complete FMP,is quite accurate.Now if entitled Complete Die Like A Dog,that would've been a stretching of the truth.
PS Having contacted Jazzwerkstatt to suggest other FMP recordings to re-release,they informed me that there would be no more,as they do not sell.In effect,then,this is a one off,limited edition,so I wouldn't delay getting it.
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Warmth of Love. Heat of Hydrogen Bomb. Cold Darkness of Nuclear Winter. 26 Sep 2008
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow! I didn't know they carried this until I stumbled onto it just now. Since it has almost no information and no one is going to spend $80 (keep paying attention for a way to avoid THAT, too) on a mystery, this box was released by jazzwerkstatt in late 2007 or early 2008. It's an official release. It's not a scamming bootleg of dubious quality where no money gets into the artists' pockets. It's the Complete FMP Die Like A Dog Quartet albums (Die Like A Dog: Fragments Of Music, Life & Death Of Albert Ayler, Little Birds Have Fast Hearts, No. 1, Little Birds Have Fast Hearts, No. 2 and Aoyama Crows in their individual cases and housed in a sleeve/cover. There's also a booklet which I assume is the collected liner notes from the individual releases. It's not fancy. There's no wasted packaging. It's all about the music.

I'm not sure how many times I'll be to get away with this tip. For the health of your purse/wallet, please read my reviews for Little Birds Have Fast Hearts, No. 2 and/or Aoyama Crows for a minute.

All done? Now that you've seen the $$$ situation, anyone who found this page should buy this set. The music is magical, devastating, scary and beautiful, and there's alot of it. When you look at the past 12 months in terms of this box, the Kidd Jordan, Fred Anderson, William Parker and Hamid Drake collective masterpiece, 2 Days in April and the Sonny Simmons - Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton box, this has been an incredible stretch for multi-disc sets by some of the greatest improvisors of all time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Destination Out 22 May 2011
By Dean R. Brierly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Peter Brotzmann's Die Like a Dog Quartet is my favorite of the many bands the protean saxophonist has played with during his career. The musical telepathy exhibited by Brotzmann, trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake is simply out of this world. That's about the best description of the music, as well. While fans of Brotzmann's familiar sonic aggression won't be disappointed, the music on these four discs consistently explores intriguing and less contentious areas of harmonic space. There's plenty of darkness, to be sure, yet it's tempered by the supple, open feeling established by Parker and Drake's rhythmic conception, which often grounds the music in something approaching structure. They are arguably the tightest and most inventive rhythm section Brotzmann has ever fronted. And in Kondo (who plays trumpet and contributes electronics), Brotzmann has found his most unique front-line partner, a musician who both complements the setting and establishes something apart from it. Kondo's like an electrified Miles on acid, yet his conception is even more out there than Miles even dared. The trumpeter alternates white-hot banshee wails with an informal lyricism that seems to have similarly inspired Brotzmann, who indulges in surprisingly affecting moments of introspection.The two combine to produce an inexhaustible flow of ideas, raining down thunder while spitting out shards of tonality that drift in and out of the not-quite-as-dissonant-as-it-seems mix. Ultimately, this music is impossible to adequately describe or even categorize. Most will call it free jazz, but it goes way beyond that descriptor. It might be more accurately described as healing balm for the spirit and the soul. All you need to know is that you need to have this set in your collection. Even if you don't consider yourself a fan of free jazz, Die Like a Dog will make you a believer.
Almost complete FMP recordings. 7 July 2014
By Durmund Strang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fabulous quartet, a cornerstone of post-Coltrane/Ayler/Wright free jazz. This is, however, no longer the complete FMP recordings, as there has been a subsequent release in 2010, "Close Up," with the same personnel, recorded in Berlin 1994. Also dynamite and as essential as this box set.
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