For many years, both greats of modern jazz - the saxophone player Anthony Braxton and the drummer Andrew Cyrille - have been pursuing their own musical developments. In the autumn of 2002 their wish to make a joint CD recording was fulfilled.
What came of the meeting are fifteen internal dialogues: new compositions, spontaneous improvisations, as well as interpretations of well-known pieces from Cyrille and Braxton. Both CDs are an artistic manifesto of two jazz innovators, a document of African-American music, borne of mutual respect, equality and esteem.
The legendary duo of saxophone and percussion, which Anthony Braxton began with Max Roach, finds a fascinating continuation in the duo Anthony Braxton-Andrew Cyrille.
released January 1, 2004
Anthony Braxton: Saxophones
Andrew Cyrille: Drums
Compositions by Andrew Cyrille (Major-A-Music, ASCAP) and Anthony Braxton (Synthesis Music, BMI). Recorded at Wesleyan University, October 26, 2002 by Jon Rosenberg. Mixed and mastered by Jon Rosenberg, Andrew Cyrille and Anthony Braxton, December 28, 2002.
Produced by Intakt Records. Published and copyright by Intakt Records (except The Loop and Composition No. 310). Liner Notes: Ted Panken. Photos: Francesca Pfeffer, Dominik Huber. Executive production: Patrik Landolt
supported by 16 fans who also own “Duo Palindrome 2002, Vol. 1”
I really appreciate that with such a large group of musicians the overall sound and experience of listening is really spacious, never cluttered. The lovely recording helps that a lot, and of course the compositional aspects that make it breathe are superb- it gets more and more fun as I listen again and again. Jasper Skydecker
supported by 12 fans who also own “Duo Palindrome 2002, Vol. 1”
It's almost hard to believe there's any space for Tim to fit in when they play this stuff as a duo! The magical uber-complex counterpoint flowing from and resolving to the killer tunes has a similar feel to the full band Berne but these are clarifying in their complexity - you can understand all the moving parts on the same level. Also perhaps the best showcase of Mr Mitchell's solo skills I've heard - he's fully in his element! Giles