Record Shopping at Home: Circle’s Paris-Concert

I went record shopping Friday after work. It had been a really sucky week so I needed to treat myself. In the used jazz section I found a copy of Paris Concert by Circle (Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Barry Altschul). I was stoked. I was certain I didn't own it. But I thought …

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My Top Ten Bucket-List Jazz Albums

A few weeks ago a former professor of mine shared an article on Facebook from the Village Voice that listed the Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die. Usually it seems like the "ten whatevers you need to do/visit/read/listen before you die" lists are things that people probably haven't done, are not likely to …

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Anthony Braxtons Seven Standards 1985 Volume 2

Anthony Braxton Seven Standards 1985, Volume II Magenta Records MA-0205 This album has to be one of the weirdest, most bizarre, and confusing records I've heard and seen.  I scored the near mint condition LP at a local book store for four bucks, and I bought it out of sheer principle because you rarely see Braxton LPs.  …

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Anthony Braxton 65th Bday Concert on NPR

For all those Braxton fans out there: go check out NPR's jazz page today for two sets from his 65th bday concert.  (Click here).  The first set is from his 12+2tet and the second features himself with his former quartet members pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Gerry Hemingway.  Both sets are contemporary avant-garde …

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