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Anthony Braxton

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Chicago, United States (1945 – present)

Anthony Braxton (born June 4, 1945) is an American , , , , and philosopher. He has created a large body of highly complex work. Braxton is one of the most prolific American musicians/composers to date, having released well over 100 albums since the 1960s. Among the vast array of instruments he utilizes are the flute; the sopranino, soprano, C-Melody, F alto, E-flat alto, baritone, bass, and contrabass saxophones; and the E-flat, B-flat, and contrabass clarinets.

Braxton’s music is difficult to categorize, and because of this, he likes to reference his works (and the works of his collaborators and students) as simply “creative music.” He has claimed in numerous interviews that he is not a jazz musician, though many of his works have been jazz and improvisation oriented, and he has released many albums of jazz standards. In addition to these, Braxton has released an increasing number of works for large-scale orchestras, including two opera cycles.

Braxton’s music is highly theoretical and mystically influenced, and he is the author of multiple volumes explaining his theories and pieces—such as the philosophical three-volume Triaxium Writings and the five-volume Composition Notes, both published by Frog Peak Music. While his compositions and improvisations can be characterized as , many of his pieces have a swing feel and rhythmic angularity that are overtly indebted to Charlie Parker and the tradition.

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  • Kerapace

    why is for alto this guy's most popular album?

    8 May 12:56am Reply
  • Metaknite

    braxton goes hard

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • D-A-N-

    "Braxton is notorious for naming his pieces as diagrams, typically labeled with cryptic numbers and letters. Sometimes these diagrams have an obvious relation to the music — for instance, on the album For Trio the diagram-title indicates the physical positions of the performers, but in many cases the diagram-titles remain inscrutable. The titles can themselves be musical notation indicating to the performer how a piece is played. Sometimes the letters are identifiable as the initials of Braxton's friends and musical colleagues."

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • megajosh2

    I'll be sure to go have a chat with him about it the next time I see him.

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Heurtebisekaka

    If you don't understand then maybe you should go to the source (the guy) and educate yourself - 'the guy has written a lot of stuff.'

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • kgm_1004

    you know his son used to be the lead guitarist in Battles

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • megajosh2

    I don't get how this guy names his compositions. The number is one thing, but the letter?

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • enJoy_Bananas

    Magister Musicae

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • okkultestimmen

    'anthony braxton and battles would be THE best thing ever' - let me think... yes.

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • affasf

    I'm training the soul for 2011's releases.

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ankara

    i was here too

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Hirostrijn

    no

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • WhoIsThatGuy

    no, he is mine

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
  • piribolygo

    my man

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • koolkeef

    His self titled BYG Actuel album is as good a place as any.

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • robertnowhere

    I just want to try and let people know that I’ve started a group on Facebook, the focus of which will be ambient, noise, psych, glitch, experimental, IDM and drone musics. If that sounds like your cup of grog, please click through on the link and hop on board! http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/home.php?sk=group_161015713952885&ap=1

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Diothalamus

    man, this guy is so prolific, i keep finding new things by him all the time!

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Mannequentin

    is this tyondai braxton's daddy?

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • woca

    I enjoy his sounds a lot :-).

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Danisab

    just amazing

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
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