Dahinden/Kleeb/Polisoidis/Holdrich: Anthony Braxton (+ Duke Ellington) Concept of Freedom (2005)
I don't know about that. This sounds more like modern European classical/free improvisation to these earsBraxton, maybe, but if there's a hint of Ellington, it escapes me. So take the disc on its own terms. The opener mish-mashes trombone groans and flutters in with the sharp sting of vehemently-bowed violin, with precise piano punctuationsometimes plentiful, sometimes spareinto a foray of barely tethered sonic rambles. The second cut is more measured, with a very modern classical feel, sounding relatively mapped-out, composed in a lugubrious tempooddly beautiful, if you're willing to give it a chance. I don't detect any "electronic"; the piano, trombone and violin trade space, shifting in and out of each other's sound. On the next tunethe listing, exactly what is what, is unclearI do hear the "electronic," a grainy wash that blinks out shortly, giving way to some free piano improvisation, a frantic, spontaneous finger dance along the keys, full of sharp edges and unexpected angles.
Roland Dahinden's trombone work is always interesting, with squawks and groans and leviathan grunts, and the first five cuts here stand up to repeated spins, for those who delve into the free improvisation/modern classical sound. The last two cuts, with background washes of featureless electronic noise, are a difficult listening experience.
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Track Listing: Comp. No. 257 (+ 30, 31, 48, 69, 90 & 136) by Anthony Braxton; Freedom No. 1, 4 & 6 From the Sacred Concert No. 2.
Personnel: Roland Dahinden: trombone; Hildegard Kleeb: piano; Dimitris Polisoidis: violin; Robert Holdrich: electronics.
Record Label: Hatology
Style: Modern Jazz