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Album Review

Anthony Braxton: Sextet (Parker) 1993

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Is the music of Anthony Braxton impenetrable? Frankly yes, and absolutely not. There are entire wings of his musical house, for instance his Trillium R operas, Echo Echo Mirror House, and Ghost Trance Music, that listeners find untraversable. Some folks cannot reconcile one approach with another or choose to listen solely to one Braxton musical system, such as his work with computer audio programs, or his free improvisational work. With the sheer volume of Braxton's recorded output, a listener's passion ...

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Album Review

Anthony Braxton: Sax Quintet (New York) 1998

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Saxophone agglomerations are not without precedent in reedman/composer Anthony Braxton's copious playbook. Indeed, his “Composition 37" for four saxophones on New York, Fall 1974 (Arista, 1975) could be said to have launched the genre, bringing together as it did three of the founder members of the pioneering World Saxophone Quartet two years before their eventual formation. What is perhaps even more remarkable about Sax Quintet (New York) 1998 is that the single piece performed, “Composition 173," was originally scored for ...

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Extended Analysis

Anthony Braxton: Tentet (Wesleyan) 1999

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Even though his output suggests that saxophonist/composer/educator Anthony Braxton has never wanted for outlets for his music, he hasn't always had the control he desired. All that changed with the launch in 2011 of the New Braxton House imprint, which issues a new digital download each month drawn from his voluminous archives. This initiative has allowed the gaps in his back catalogue to be filled, and edges ever closer to the goal of documenting all the master's works. On the ...


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