Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Anthony Braxton - The Complete Arista Recordings, Disc Three (Mosaic, 2008)

Disc Three focuses on the solo album Alto Saxophone Improvisations 1979. Shorn of all accompaniment and limited to a single horn, Braxton really shines. The solos are very impressive and complex but enjoyable to listen to. The music flows really well and uses a variety of different tempos and textures.I particularly liked the versions of jazz standards "Along Came Betty" by Benny Golson, and "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane, which are at once true to their origins and completely remade in Braxton's vision of what an unaccompanied saxophone can do. No matter how far out he seems to get on these improvisations, the music remains grounded in the tradition and spirit of jazz.

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