Anthony Braxton

Duo (Amsterdam) 1991

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Duo (Amsterdam) 1991 is a live recording of Braxton with the German pianist Georg Grawe, a musician of prodigious technique whose style is rooted more in the contemporary classical tradition than jazz. The three pieces are improvisations and the two players, who hadn't previously worked together, compliment each other wonderfully, their paths intertwining telepathically. Grawe plays with great fluidity, often serving as a near mirror image (though decidedly flavored with his own musical nature) to Braxton's typically liquid and flowing flights of creativity. The second piece especially, along the lines of some of Braxton's prior heartbreakingly plaintive songs, is marvelous, ranging from sighs to moans, all supported with imagination and depth by Grawe. Improvised duets for a good size portion of Braxton's recorded output; this disc, a fascinating conversation between new friends, is one of the better examples.

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