Machine Gun (Peter Brötzmann album)

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Machine Gun
Studio album by
RecordedMay 1968
GenreEuropean free jazz
ProducerPeter Brötzmann
Peter Brötzmann chronology
For Adolphe Sax
Machine Gun
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz3.5/5 stars[1]
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[3]
MusicHound Jazz5/5[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic5/5 stars[6]

Machine Gun is the second album by German avant-garde jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, originally released on his BRÖ label in 1968.

It was later reissued on the FMP label in 1971. In 1990, FMP issued the album on CD, adding two previously unreleased alternate takes. In 2007, Atavistic Records reissued the album again as The Complete Machine Gun Sessions, adding the only live recording of the title piece (previously issued on the Fuck DeBoere CD). In 2011 the label Slowboy reissued the first studio take again on vinyl in tip-on style cover with three color silkscreen.


The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the release four out of four stars plus a special "crown" accolade, and placed it in its "core collection" of jazz albums. The review states that while "the recording is crude," the three saxophonists "fire off a ceaseless round of blasting," resulting in "fearsome power."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

1."Machine Gun"17:16
2."Responsible (for Jan van De Ven)"8:17
3."Music for Han Bennink"11:22

1991 Re-release[edit]

  1. "Machine Gun" (Second Take) – Brötzmann
  2. "Machine Gun" (Third Take) – Brötzmann
  3. "Responsible (for Jan van De Ven)" (First Take) – Van Hove
  4. "Responsible (for Jan van De Ven)" (Second Take) – Van Hove
  5. "Music for Han Bennink" – Breuker

Note that the original release contained "Machine Gun" (Third Take) and "Responsible (for Jan van De Ven)" (Second Take).




  1. ^ Collins, Troy (August 14, 2007). "Peter Brotzmann: The Complete Machine Gun Sessions". All About Jazz. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Layne, Joslyn. Peter Brötzmann Octet - Machine Gun at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Peter Brötzmann". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Holtje, Steve; Lee, Nancy Ann, eds. (1998). "Peter Brötzmann". MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide. Music Sales Corporation. ISBN 0-8256-7253-8.
  5. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 787. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  6. ^ sideburndude (January 22, 2013). "Peter Brotzmann: Machine Gun". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved September 25, 2019.