After issuing Anthony Braxton's Three Compositions of New Jazz in 1968, Chicago's Delmark Records took an enormous chance by issuing the first lengthy solo saxophone improvisation record in 1969 - and as a double LP no less! And while it's true that hindsight is 20/20, For Alto is still, over 30 years later, a record that is ahead of its time. There is nothing tame or nostalgic about these blasts of jazz futurism from the young Braxton, who sounds here like he's trying to blow his way out of Chicago.
Recorded in 1969, this historic album was the very first lengthy document of solo saxophone improvisation.
Artists Anthony Braxton For Alto. For Alto Anthony Braxton. This album has an average beat per minute of BPM (slowest/fastest tempos:, BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Album starts at BPM, ends at BPM (+0), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Anthony Braxton. Sextet (Parker) 1993.
Anthony Braxton (born June 4, 1945) is an American composer and t who is known in the genre of free jazz. Since the 1960s, he has released more than 100 albums. He plays many types of saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, contrabass, sopranino, C-melody, mezzo-soprano) and clarinet (E-flat, B-flat, contrabass), in addition to flute, alto flute, and piano.
ANTHONY BRAXTON: I recorded For Alto because I wasn't strong enough as a pianist to do a solo concert. I have always had a great love for solo piano music, especially Schoenberg and Stockhausen. And so I made the decision to do the solo music on the alto saxophone, which is my strongest instrument. To Pianist Cecil Taylor up, hot. Ruffin: on for alto, braxton dedicated each composition to a musical influence or close friend, including avant-garde artist john cage and free jazz pioneer cecil taylor. Excerpt of "To Pianist Cecil Taylor" composed and performed by Anthony Braxton from the album, For Alto, used courtesy of Delmark Records and used by permission of Synthesis Music.
Anthony Braxton - 3 Compositions Of New Jazz (Delmark DL-415). Sound Studios, Chicago, IL, March 27, 1968. Composition 6E: 840M (Realize). Anthony Braxton - B-X0 NO-47A (BYG (F) 52. 15). Leo Smith, trumpet, flugelhorn, logs, siren; Anthony Braxton, alto, soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, chimes; Leroy Jenkins, violin, viola, flute, organ, harmonica; Steve McCall, drums, darbouka, percussion. Studio Saravah, Paris, France, September 10, 1969. The Light On The Dalta.
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Composer, instrumentalist, writer, educator. Alienated From His Surroundings. Of Braxton’s milestone album For Alto, Down Beat’s Townley wrote, The closest thing to it in recent centuries happened back in 1720 when Bach wrote six sonatas for unaccompanied violin and six suites for unaccompanied cello. A delayed success in 1972, the recording prompted invitations for Braxton to perform numerous solo concerts. From 1971 to 1976, he led his own groups, which included Circle alumni Holland and Altschul as well as trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and trombonist George Lewis.
Avant-garde legend Anthony Braxton discusses his new album with Wilco and Deerhoof members - and how rock and pop have always inspired him. Eriq Robinson. He was totally creative, Braxton says of the late Captain Beefheart.