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Anthony Braxton feature on Polyphonic Perversity

I don't know when Anthony Braxton might've thrown down in North Carolina before, but he's coming to Duke Performances on February 27, so I believe I'll do a couple of programs highlighting a sampling of his and his collaborators' musical contributions to the Earth.

The first will be Sunday, February 8th, noon to 2:00 pm. I'll focus on the earlier stuff, going up to maybe the mid-70's. Highlights will probably include his first solo saxophone record (the first solo sax LP by anyone ever), his collaborations with George Lewis, his creative orchestra music, the first album he ever appeared on (under the leadership of Muhal Richard Abrams), and suchlike things.

Then, two weeks later (Feb 22), same bat-time, I imagine I'll get more into his free improv collaborations of the 70's and 80's with such folks as Derek Bailey, Max Roach, Evan Parker, John Zorn, etc. Also, his large ensemble and smaller group recordings with some of his students and current collaborators like the Iridium box set. Maybe I'll sneak in something from his collection of Monk numbers. And then there's the Wolf Eyes imbroglio.

If there's time, I'll get into his collaborators' other projects. All of the individuals performing with him at Duke have contributed significantly to modern music in one way or another. And, hopefully I'll spin some recordings of a few other people doing Braxton's compositions, like James Carter and the Splatter Trio.

-Crowmeat Bob