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AIMM 10 February: FMP special

Adventures In Modern Music this week brings you four decades of free jazz history from the FMP label, on the occasion of their final ever release, the career-spanning 12 CD box set Im Rückblick – In Retrospect. The Free Music Production label rose out of the rubble of Berlin in the late 1960s, and played a key role in pushing the envelope of European free jazz over the following decades. It brought new players together, organised concerts and workshops, forged new relationships with the audience, made connections with free jazz in the States, and forensically documented all these varied zones of activity. Peter Brötzmann, Alexander Schlippenbach, Fred Van Hove, Radu Malfatti and Peter Kowald are just a few of the hundreds of players who have participated in FMP's projects over the years. Derek Walmsley will be playing selections from In Retrospect, including both classic FMP sides and previously unreleased material, and talking to Peter Brötzmann on the phone from Wuppertal, Germany about his close involvement with FMP and its co-ordinator Jost Gebers since the late 1960s.

Adventures In Modern Music airs every Thursday 21:00–22:30 (BST), 104.4 FM for Londoners, streamed live at for the rest of the world.