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Braxton, Anthony & Kyle Brenders / Toronto (Duets) 2007
Album:Toronto (Duets) 2007 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Braxton, Anthony & Kyle Brenders Added:01/2009
Label:Barnyard Records 

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Add Date:2009-02-08 Pull Date:2009-04-12 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Wedge
Reviewed 2009-02-07 
Abstract sax duets, sparse sound but busy feel. Not as repetitious as Phillip Glass; also jazzier than that, and even swingy. Loosely composed framework (you'll hear them change styles in unison quite a lot) but also lots of room for improvising. Poking, pointillistic sounds and lots of fast mood changes -- it'll get soft and quiet for a minute, then more brisk, then more liquidy, then more prickly. Grab one of the two CDs, pick your spot, and play a few minutes' worth. The lack of chords/drums might break certain shows' rhythms ... but sometimes that's what you're looking for.

DISK 1- Moves at a good fast pace. Some highlights:
-47:30... some intense digging, briefly
-35:00... brief droning
-29:00... fast jumbly part, then some grunty sax.
-26:45... starts a slow, warbly, slightly silly phase
-21:20... Long phase of unison pecking. (This part sounds really cool on fast forward or rewind)
-16:30... Softly jazzy murmurs
-12:15... Fluttery shrieks; birds yelling at you
-11:00... Unison pecking again, then some growling
-4:05... Weird rolling notes, running up and down

DISK 2- Calmer; still fast but less pointy.
Fluid intro, then slow, almost ballad-like. Relaxed yet warbly; this goes on for a while. Comes to a good STOP at -36:51 -- those first 9 minutes would be a good excerpt.
-33:15... A runup to a faster, twirling part, then some nice big unison lines
-29:40... Long composed stretch that gets into declarative, long-noted lines, then grumpy, growly soloing.
-21:33... Slower, quieter; lots of little flitting
-18:00... Slow warbling that builds into a cool pairing of low fluttering and high soloing. It's actually lovely, but then gets darkly growly and aggressive.
-13:46... Unison perkiness, eventually into some lumpy improvising
-7:15... Very quiet, slow. Then abrasive popping.
-4:40... Bird fight again!

Track Listing
1.Composition 199 2.Composition 356