Anthony Braxton returns with a 4-disc set that resumes where 2001's 8 Standards left off. 23 Standards features the same quartet as the previous release, again touring the archives of jazz and popular song composition to come up with a refreshing and varied program of familiar tunes to work with. Joining Braxton, longtime collaborator Kevin Norton executes percussion, and Andy Eulau plays bass. Remarkable newcomer guitarist Kevin O'Neil exhausts his fretboard on every track, maintaining carpal tunnel inducing runs and tasteful chorded accompaniment. For all his startling compositions with scary chemical equation titles and librarian persona, here Braxton leaves no doubt how rooted in the jazz tradition he remains.
ANTHONY BRAXTON, reed KEVIN O'NEIL, guitar KEVIN NORTON, percussion ANDY EULAU, bass
CD 1: 01. Crazy Rhythm 02. Off Minor 03. Desafinado 04. 26-1 05. Why Shouldn't I; Giant Steps.
CD 2: 01. Tangerine 02. Black Orpheus 03. Round Midnight 04. Ju Ju 05. After You've Gone.
CD 3: 01. Everything I Love 02. I Can't get Started 03. It's a Raggy Waltz 04. Countdown 05. Blue in Green 06. Beatrice
CD 4: 01. Only the Lonely 02. Recorda Me 03. Ill Wind 04. I'll be Easy to Find 05. Three to Get Ready 06. Dolphin Dance