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Music, Reviewed Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton

Saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton's reputation as one of jazz's most intellectually rigorous avant-gardists was well established by 1974, but Arista signed him anyway. He recorded nine albums for the label; two more titles, licensed from the Freedom imprint at the time,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Water Music

Water Music

In jazz, even the most skilled composer-improvisers are often only as good as the company they keep. The give-and-take nature of the art form dictates such an equation. Since the early '90s, pianist Myra Melford has distinguished herself as a…
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Music, Hear This

Hear This

As the band's name implies, Equal Interest works from the premise that each player must contribute in equal proportion to the others if the group's music is to transcend the sum of its parts and stand on its own. Further,…
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Deuces Wild!

If so-called avant-garde jazz doesn't shake listeners with new, unfamiliar structures, it's not doing its job. Contemporary improv can overwhelm novice listeners, especially when it features multiple musicians simultaneously playing multiple leads. These players consciously dodge the well-worn verse-chorus-verse trap.…
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Come Near Life Experience (Matador) You are perhaps aware that this record has been available for conspicuous consumption for months. If so, I hope you strapped on the feed bag, since it was without question one of the best records…
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