Although initially identified with the European free jazz movement of the 60s, he has always collaborated with American players--first with expatriates such as Steve Lacy and later with musicians in this country. Recently he has been collaborating closely with colleagues from Chicago, especially with those who have been part of his long-lasting tentet.
Among these is Fred Lonberg-Holm, a cellist who has created a whole new vocabulary for the instrument, so much so that he sometimes refers to himself as an "anti-cellist." In the tentet Lonberg-Holm is often overwhelmed, but in smaller groups he is a subtle collaborator who shuttles back and forth between lead and support roles and often finds just the right way to move the music along. Such is the case in the only recorded document of a duet concert by these two musicians, on a CD entitled The Brain of the Dog in Sections. The recital begins in typical swaggering Broetzmann fashion, but slowly Lonberg-Holm asserts his own role, and the two take the music into new areas that are not necessarily typical of either player, creating a new artistic synthesis. Expect something similar when the two play together at the Kerrytown Concert House on February 22.
[Originally published in February, 2010.]