Anthony Braxton: Composition N. 247
James Fei should be commended for his extensive and articulate play-by-play of the mechanics and overall implications of this piece as he also proceeds to expound upon the sonic characteristics of bagpipes. Naturally, this composition presents it’s fair share of challenges to the musicians, who need to be in synch while performing hypnotic and at times, minimalist style unison lines amid seamless shifts in tempo. Therefore, getting all this done in one take, presented more than a few obstacles. However, listening to this piece in one sitting should be deemed a prerequisite, although when viewed upon as a whole, the invariability of the proceedings demands an acute attention span, especially when considering all of the subtle nuances and barely detectable transformations.
Track Listing: Composition N. 247
Personnel: Anthony Braxton; soprano f, and alto saxophones, e-flat and contrabass clarinets: James Fei; soprano and alto saxophones, bass clarinet: Matthew Welch; bagpipes
Record Label: Leo Records
Style: Modern Jazz