Wolfgang Fuchs / Fred van Hove / Peter Hollinger - Berliner Begegnung
Recorded June 25th 1983live at Floz, Berlin with Fred Van Hove (piano); Wolfgang Fuchs (sopranino saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet); Peter Hollinger (drums, percussion). Berliner Begegnung is a surprisingly obvious album. Obvious in that his usual richly oblique sense of contrapuntal free improvisation is absent, replaced here by a somewhat unyielding drive that harkens back to his days with Brötzmann/Bennink. Still, the music works very well throughout the four cuts recorded 6/25/83. As ever, Van Hove provides a wide support base with his constantly shifting angles. Fuchs is quite an enervating player, particularly on sopranino where he elicits a piercing tone and driving lines with narrow parameters. Though he has appeared too good effect on other albums, it is here that he seems to have found his most sympathetic and complimentary environment. Drummer Hollinger is quite choppy, but a good foil for this music.