Sonore - No One Ever Works Alone
No One Ever Works Alone has 24 possible saxophone combinations multiplied by Peter Brötzmann’s indefatigability, Mats Gustafsson’s percussive brilliance and Ken Vandermark’s synthesis of the entire saxophone tradition. These three form the core of Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet, a marvelous large ensemble, and that vigor has been compacted here. Much like the performance, this is difficult music to listen to, lacking as it does any chordal center or melodic base. However, the players seem to understand this and work the improvisations to include distinct solo sections supported by whatever comping is in a free jazz context.