Anthony Braxton

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Anthony Delano Braxton
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Born 4 June 1945, 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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DS-415 3 Compositions Of New Jazz — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton 3 Compositions Of New Jazz (Album) Delmark Records DS-415 US 1968 Sell This Version
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529.315 B-X0 NO-47A — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton B-X0 NO-47A (Album) BYG Records 529.315 France 1969 Sell This Version
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529.347 This Time... — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton This Time... (Album) BYG Records 529.347 France 1970 Sell This Version
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DS-420 For Alto — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton For Alto (Album) Delmark Records DS-420 US 1971 Sell This Version
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GER 23 Recital Paris 71 — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton Recital Paris 71 (Album) Futura Records (2) GER 23 France 1971 Sell This Version
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PA-3008/3009 Town Hall 1972 — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton Town Hall 1972 (Album) Trio Records PA-3008/3009 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
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30 AM 6122, 6122 Dona Lee — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton Dona Lee (Album) America Records, America Records 30 AM 6122, 6122 France 1972 Sell This Version
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BIRTH 008 Familie — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton / Gunter Hampel / Jeanne Lee Anthony Braxton / Gunter Hampel / Jeanne Lee - Familie (Album) Birth Records BIRTH 008 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
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30 AM 011-012 Saxophone Improvisations Series F. — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton Saxophone Improvisations Series F. (Album) America Records 30 AM 011-012 France 1972 Sell This Version
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NCP-8504-N Four Compositions (1973) — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton Four Compositions (1973) (Album) Columbia NCP-8504-N Japan 1973 Sell This Version
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ECM 1-1027 Conference Of The Birds — Anthony Braxton 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 ECM 1-1027 US 1973 Sell This Version
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FLP 40112/113 The Complete Braxton — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton The Complete Braxton (Album) Freedom FLP 40112/113 France 1973 Sell This Version
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3007 Trio And Duet — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton Trio And Duet (Album) Sackville Recordings 3007 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
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DS-428 Together Alone — Anthony Braxton Joseph Jarman / Anthony Braxton Joseph Jarman / Anthony Braxton - Together Alone (Album) Delmark Records DS-428 US 1974 Sell This Version
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SCS-1015 In The Tradition — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton In The Tradition (Album) SteepleChase SCS-1015 Denmark 1974 Sell This Version
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601 Duo — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey - Duo (Album) Emanem 601 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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278.128 Silence — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Leo Smith* Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Leo Smith* - Silence (Album) Freedom 278.128 France 1974 Sell This Version
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AL 4032 New York, Fall 1974 — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton New York, Fall 1974 (Album) Arista AL 4032 US 1975 Sell This Version
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AL 4064 Five Pieces 1975 — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton Five Pieces 1975 (Album) Arista AL 4064 US 1975 Sell This Version
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SR 9011 No Place To Go But Around / P-JOK S-D •• 4 4 / Third Sonata — Anthony Braxton Frederic Rzewski - Anthony Braxton, Hanns Eisler Frederic Rzewski - Anthony Braxton, Hanns Eisler - No Place To Go But Around / P-JOK S-D •• 4 4 / Third Sonata (Album) Finnadar Records SR 9011 US 1976 Sell This Version
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IEJ-80102, AL 4080 Creative Orchestra Music 1976 — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton Creative Orchestra Music 1976 (Album) Arista IEJ-80102, AL 4080 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
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01002, Ring 01 002 Solo - Live At Moers Festival — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton Solo - Live At Moers Festival (Album) Ring Records, Ring Records 01002, Ring 01 002 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
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IC 2045 In The Tradition Volume 2 — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton In The Tradition Volume 2 (Album) SteepleChase IC 2045 US 1976 Sell This Version
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AL 4101 Duets 1976 — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton With Muhal Richard Abrams Anthony Braxton With Muhal Richard Abrams - Duets 1976 (Album) Arista, Arista AL 4101 US 1976 Sell This Version
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AL 5002 The Montreux / Berlin Concerts — Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton The Montreux / Berlin Concerts (Album) Arista AL 5002 US 1977 Sell This Version

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kyeo

kyeo

January 30, 2019
get the iridium box set if you have to kill your mother to get the money
jamesjazzy

jamesjazzy

December 15, 2016
In my opinion his best work is with Bobby Naughton and George Lewis......
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poneromusikologist

poneromusikologist

August 7, 2013
edited over 7 years 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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