Braxton, Anthony / Six Compositions (Gtm) 2001
Album:Six Compositions (Gtm) 2001 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Braxton, Anthony Added:Aug 2002
Label:Rastascan Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2002-11-04 Pull Date:2003-01-06 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Jan 12Jan 5Dec 29Dec 15Dec 1Nov 24Nov 10

Recent Airplay
1.Dec 16, 2012:jazz is and den some
Composition No. 286 (Tentet)
4.Dec 05, 2003:Memory Select
Composition No. 289 (Quartet) [excerpt], Composition No. 286 (Tentet) [excerpt]
2.Jun 03, 2010:Memory Select
Composition No. 287 (Quintet) [excerpt]
5.Jan 05, 2003:"In Your Ear..." Recording For the KZSU Application Due Thursday at 8pm Sharp!
Composition No. 278 (Trio)
3.Jan 09, 2009:Memory Select
Composition No. 286 (Tentet) [still going!], Composition No. 286 (Tentet)
6.Jan 03, 2003:Memory Select
Composition No. 286 (Tentet) [disk 2 track 2]

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2002-11-11 
Colossal 4-CD set of Anthony Braxton works, as performed by ensembles of mostly Bay Area folks. Each composition is long; one of them takes up the first TWO discs!

This is Braxton's recent "ghost trance" music, made up of strict, strident beats like a drunk happy marching band. It's not as repetitive as it sounds at first, and the players are allowed some free-jazz soloing to add some variety. The music has a bright, playful sound -- it's nothing like, say, Phillip Glass' ominous droning. And John Shiurba adds squealy guitar to some tracks for a noisy, non-academic sound.

Tracks do have a particular organization and logic, so to excerpt a track, it's best to just start at the beginning so you catch the "head" followed by soloing.

1* - Insistant stomping beat with pre-written "stumbles" for some unpredictability
2* - Gentler, with weird warbly singing

1- March-like segments juxtaposed with free swirling
2*- Returns to the pulsing theme, then speeds up dramatically

1- Boisterous, then long floaty improv
2**- Slinky Egyptian feel. Nice scattery piano toward the end.

1*- Playfully sparse. Small curled bursts.
2- Slow stagger
3*- Fast pecking.

Track Listing
1.Composition No. 286 (Tentet) 4.Composition No. 287 (Quintet
2.Composition No. 286 (Tentet) 5.Composition No. 278 (Trio)
3.Composition No. 277 (Quintet 6.Composition No. 289 (Quartet
 7.Composition No. 195 (Duo)