live at the Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL, on July 22, 1998
Produced by: Andrew Choate and John Corbett
Executive Producer: Bruno Johnson
Recorded by: Malachi Ritscher/Savage Sound
Mastered: at AirWave by John McCortney
I say it? May I just come out and say it? Give it up for the rhythm
section! I’m serious! Give it up for Hamid Drake and Kent Kessler!
Yes, give it up for Peter Brötzmann, beloved to Chicago audineces
for solo, duo, trio, octet, tentet, and a beer bottle placed at
his feet at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.
don’t forget to give it up for the locals! I say "locals" without
the least whiff of the patronizing; I say it to betray openmouthed
appreciation, so give it up! Reader, where do you live? Do people
where you live stand up and whistle and scream and holler at gigs
of improvised music? Give it up for the rhythm section, and give
it up for their awesome boogie force. I’m serious. I was there;
I was dancing. I gave it up for the rhythm section. Listen to the
crowd freak! I’m genuinely sorry that this is just a compact disk.
My condolences, honestly. Will you listen to that crowd! I’m sorry
that this is just a compact disk, but you too can freak and you
can dance. Give it up for Peter Brötzmann. But you are also
going to have to give it up for Hamid Drake and Kent Kessler.