Peter Brötzmann obituary

German saxophonist who was a pioneering figure in the world of European free jazz

Although the media label of “the loudest, heaviest free-jazz player of them all” pursued the saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, who has died aged 82, for much of his career, his music and his thinking about his art amounted to a great deal more than pyrotechnics.

For an artist who spent the best part of six decades spurning what music-lovers of many genres might consider a catchy hook, Brötzmann drew a remarkably devoted international audience into his personal soundworld.

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