Anthony Braxton
Seven Compositions (Trio) 1989

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The eighties were a fruitful timeframe for Anthony Braxton. His releases run the gamut from larger ensembles, down the line to duos [Richard Teitelbaum for instance] and stopping at his regular quartet. It was percussionist Tony Oxley who proposed and arranged a three week tour for the trio featured on "Seven Compositions (Trio) 1989". Completing the trio is Austrian bassist Adelhard Roidinger. Not unlike his duo with Max Roach from a decade earlier "One in Two - Two in One", Braxton's playing in a small ensemble is loose. This is where he cuts out and his direction seems to shift to gaping waters. Sure, majority of the compositions on this disc are in fact Braxton pieces, but they don't feel composed. Each of the players is allowed freedom within Braxton's structure. While Braxton flurries wild whirlwinds on his alto, clarinet, soprano, Oxley walks a fine line between broken-up percussive shrills to the stop-and-go razor-sharp sounds he's so closely associated with. Especially pleasing is Braxton's flute work. Check out as he breezes through on Oxley's "The Angular Apron", all the while Roidinger complements the picture with lowly, arco work. Interplay between these three is incredibly tight. One can't believe they've only played as a coherent trio for three weeks prior to this recording. No surprise, this is another essential Braxton reissue from the vaults of hat hut.

Tom Sekowski


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