Peter Brötzmann Obituary, Death – Peter Brotzmann, an avant-garde saxophonist whose ferocious playing and uncompromising independence made him one of Europe’s most prominent free-jazz performers, passed suddenly on June 22 at his home in Wuppertal, Germany. Brotzmann was one of the most important musicians to come out of Europe in the genre of free jazz.
Brotzmann was one of the musicians who had the most significant impact on the development of free jazz in Europe. He was 82. Michael Ehlers, director of Eremite Records as well as Mr. Brotzmann’s longtime North American tour manager and business partner, confirmed Mr. Brotzmann’s passing. Mr. Ehlers also served as Mr. Brotzmann’s business partner. Mr. Ehlers was Mr. Brotzmann’s business partner in addition to his other responsibilities.
Despite the fact that there was no evidence to suggest what led to Mr. Brotzmann’s passing, he had been suffering from respiratory illnesses for the preceding ten years. He was a self-taught musician who was best known for his work on the tenor saxophone, although he also played a variety of clarinets and the tarogato, which is a Hungarian woodwind instrument. He was best recognized for his work on the tenor saxophone.
He speculated that his habit of blowing too much air through his horn might have been the root of his health issues, which he related to the lung damage that glassblowers experience. “I wanted to sound like four tenor saxophonists,” he stated in an interview that he gave in 2012 to the British music magazine The Wire. “I’m still making progress toward reaching that ultimate objective.”