Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton

Real Name:
Anthony Delano Braxton
Born 4 June 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Influential experimental composer and saxophonist. Member of the AACM where he was influenced by mentors Muhal Richard Abrams and Roscoe Mitchell and friends Joseph Jarman, Wadada Leo Smith and Leroy Jenkins, among others. In 1969, Braxton recorded For Alto. the first full-length album for unaccompanied saxophone. To date, Braxton has composed over 350 compositions, many titled with diagrams rather than words.

Braxton plays the sopranino, soprano, C-melody, F mezzo-soprano, E-flat alto, baritone, bass, and contrabass saxophones; the E-flat, B-flat, and contrabass clarinets; and the piano. He is John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, Emeritus, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. In 1994, Braxton was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant". In 2013, he was named a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.

Father of Tyondai Braxton.
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Anthony Braxton Discography


DS-415 Anthony Braxton 3 Compositions Of New Jazz (Album) Delmark Records DS-415 US 1968 Sell This Version
DS-420/421 Anthony Braxton For Alto (Album) Delmark Records DS-420/421 US 1969 Sell This Version
529.315 Anthony Braxton B-X0 NO-47A (Album) BYG Records 529.315 France 1969 Sell This Version
529.347 Anthony Braxton This Time... (Album) BYG Records 529.347 France 1970 Sell This Version
GER 23 Anthony Braxton Recital Paris 71 (Album) Futura Records (2) GER 23 France 1971 Sell This Version
PA-3008/3009 Anthony Braxton Town Hall 1972 (Album) Trio Records PA-3008/3009 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
30 AM 6122, 6122 Anthony Braxton Dona Lee (Album) America Records, America Records 30 AM 6122, 6122 France 1972 Sell This Version
BIRTH008 Anthony Braxton / Gunter Hampel / Jeanne Lee Anthony Braxton / Gunter Hampel / Jeanne Lee - Familie (Album) Birth Records BIRTH008 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
30 AM 011-012 Anthony Braxton Saxophone Improvisations Series F. (Album) America Records 30 AM 011-012 France 1972 Sell This Version
FLP 40112/113 Anthony Braxton The Complete Braxton (Album) Freedom, Spiegelei FLP 40112/113 France 1973 Sell This Version
ECM 1-1027 David Holland Quartet - David Holland*, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Barry Altschul David Holland Quartet - David Holland*, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Barry Altschul - Conference Of The Birds (Album) ECM Records, Warner Bros. Records ECM 1-1027 US 1973 Sell This Version
DS-428 Joseph Jarman / Anthony Braxton Joseph Jarman / Anthony Braxton - Together Alone (Album) Delmark Records DS-428 US 1974 Sell This Version
Ring 01002, Ring 01.002 Anthony Braxton Solo - Live At Moers Festival (Album) Ring Records, Ring Records Ring 01002, Ring 01.002 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
SCS-1015 Anthony Braxton In The Tradition (Album) SteepleChase SCS-1015 Denmark 1974 Sell This Version
278.128 Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Leo Smith* Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Leo Smith* - Silence (Album) Freedom 278.128 France 1974 Sell This Version
3007 Anthony Braxton Trio And Duet (Album) Sackville Recordings 3007 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
8317 Anthony Braxton Five Pieces (1975) (Album) Arista 8317 Argentina 1975 Sell This Version
AL 4032 Anthony Braxton New York, Fall 1974 (Album) Arista AL 4032 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
3C 064-98801 Anthony Braxton Duets 1976 (Album) Arista, Arista 3C 064-98801 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
AL 4080 Anthony Braxton Creative Orchestra Music 1976 (Album) Arista AL 4080 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
IC 2045 Anthony Braxton In The Tradition Volume 2 (Album) SteepleChase IC 2045 US 1976 Sell This Version
511018, FLP 41901 Anthony Braxton Steps Out (Album) Freedom, Freedom 511018, FLP 41901 France 1977 Sell This Version
NCP-8504-N Anthony Braxton Four Compositions (1973) (Album) Denon Jazz NCP-8504-N Japan 1973 Sell This Version
PA-6079 Richard Teitelbaum with Anthony Braxton Richard Teitelbaum with Anthony Braxton - Time Zones (Album) Arista, Freedom PA-6079 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
AL 5002 Anthony Braxton The Montreux / Berlin Concerts (Album) Arista AL 5002 US 1977 Sell This Version


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August 7, 2013
edited about 1 year ago
The MULTIPLE ORCHESTRA(L) works possibly rate with Stockhausen's except in both I was disappointed that variety seemed to be used at the expense of density which, to me, would seem the most advantageous use of such a preposterous logistical enterprise as such scores (for MULTIPLE ORCHESTRAS) demand.
I intended to discuss Braxton's fun String Quartet(s) from 1971 which, apparently, is not listed herein.
Obviously, Anthony Braxton is a total genius and paladin misfit, possibly the most 'third stream' ov any composer, that is, as native to the AUTHENTIC jazz idiom AS TO the classical, reaching toward neither but existing equidistantly. Braxton's string quartet, as performed by the Robert Schumann String Quartet in 1971, is highly plastic in form, although not (really) through-composed as glimpsed by the (all prose) 'score' depicted on that album's cover.
The Quartets are framed by alto sax solos by the composer; if they weren't so inspired I would suggest it was FILLER for the String Quartet agenda, with said solo sax pieces being sequenced interstitially between the quartet pieces, not necessarily to their benefit. This possibly tames Zorn's string quartets but I do not hav the grey matter to currently assert that.
I find that some of Braxton's latter-day improvisational ouevre lacks conviction, especially in the opening bars of a typical recital, in which the music seems to almost reticently coalesce, rather than explode into existence as in Mclaughlin's best early work; this defecit augments the appeal of his String Quartet which bursts forth and is as versatile and capricious as the improvisation but enjoys the tangible clarity of RESOLVE in its sounding.

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