Anthony Braxton/ Taylor Ho Bynum: Duets (Wesleyan) 2002 (2003)
Time and silence are characteristics that have always marked Braxton’s music. These traits are well evidenced here, perhaps none more so than on the aptly titled “To Wait.” The pace is deliberate, nothing vaunted in hurry, and purpose is well served in the reflective dialogue and the understated, yet eloquent responses. A sense of urgency briefly fires “Composition 304.” Long lines splinter into rapid fire shards, light filigrees float in consonance, the patterns shift constantly, the embers glow in the radiance of the music. “All Roads Lead To Middletown” gives rise to a happy feeling with the arrival of a strong melody that swings. Of course the tune would not be complete if this sense was not dissipated for a turn in the road and free meander. It matters not what tale they tell; Braxton and Bynum do it simpatico.
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Record Label: Innova Recordings