Sunday, April 8, 2018

Anthony Braxton - 1974 - Donna Lee

Anthony Braxton 
Donna Lee

01. Dona Lee 9:21
02. H-204 3 = HF/G 11:50
03. You Go To My Head 17:42
04. 60666 C -66 M 5:04

Alto Saxophone – Anthony Braxton
Bass – Peter Warren
Drums – Oliver Johnson
Piano – Michael Smith

Recorded February 18, 1972 in Paris.

An album documenting Anthony Braxton really coming into his own, with his best work just around the corner.  His own playing is more assured than before.  The tendency with Braxton’s early recordings is for the willful complexity of his compositions to be alienating.  Incorporating some standards into his recording repertoire evidences how he softened that alienating effect and strengthened his playing across the board by expanding his palette.  The band here is good, though not as nimble and imaginative as some of the great bands Braxton would lead in later years.

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