Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday Morning Jazz Brunch

What, you thought pop was all I was ever going to post? Anthony Braxton does some mad sax soloing.

-- Badtux the Music Penguin


  1. I liked the first 3 1/2 minutes. Obviously I'm not a jazz purist, lol

  2. Braxton's work is wicked cool. And JzB, with your clarity of expression on the subject, if you don't already teach jazz to college students or high school students, you should drop whatever you're doing... except musical performance, of course; don't drop that... and proceed to the nearest faculty forthwith.

  3. Anthony Braxton is, well, Anthony Braxton. He says that what he does is jazz, and this piece at least seems to fit within basic jazz forms, so I'll call it jazz without any compunctions. The mainstream jazz community is not so convinced, having convicted Braxton of heresy some time ago for his flirtations with post-modern art music, the sentence being apparently that they write long articles in journals that nobody reads while Braxton does what Braxton does :).

    - Badtux the Music Penguin

  4. Hmmmm. So I can see by some of the comments that even musicians (obviously I have no musical training) feel compelled to label their music.


    Perhaps I should have been completely honest by saying that improvisation may be useful to musicians, but it often drives me batshit. Some of it sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

    Is that better Jazzbumpa?

  5. nunya -

    I wasn't criticizing. I was trying to clarify.

    As for labeling - ah, well - we're people. It's what we do. Though I think Diz just wanted to call it "music."

    There are many kinds of improvisation. I have no label for what Braxton does. I'm much more in tune with, frex. the Basie tune on my blog today.

    Steve -

    Thanks for the high praise. I'm humbled. I exercise my clarity of expression by blogging, where one only needs an opinion. I don't know enough about jazz to teach, and have no creds, anyway. But I am grateful for the kind words.

    JzB the clearly grateful trombonist


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