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"For Alto" is Anthony Braxton's second album and a more radical work would be hard to find, especially for 1969. Each of these pieces is dedicated to another artist, and not all from the music world. Right away one is made aware of Braxton's intellectual confidence and his ability to move outside the confines of the jazz ghetto. While many of his colleagues, especially the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and AACM, were stressing--even overstressing--a black nationalism, Braxton immediately situated his music in the larger world of avant-garde art, even as he soon explored the bebop tradition on the great DONNA LEE from 1972.
ANTHONY BRAXTON, alto sax
Recorded in Chicago, 1968.
01. Dedicated To Multi-Instrumentalist Jack Gell
02. To Composer John Cage
03. To Artist Murray De Pillars
04. To Pianist Cecil Taylor
05. Dedicated To Ann And Peter Allen
06. Dedicated To Susan Axelrod
07. To My Friend Kenny. McKenny
08. Dedicated To Multi-Instrumentalist Leroy Jenkins.
“Though For Alto was only Braxton's second recording, his solo vocabulary of multiphonics, pointillistic intervals, and scalar lyricism was already in place. This set of breathy balladic fragments, streams of molten sound, and reconstituted blues elements has stood the test of time.” - Down Beat