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Anthony Braxton & Marilyn Crispell
First London Jazz Festival [no label, 1CD]
Live at Bloomsbury Theatre, Inaugural London Jazz Festival, London, May 22, 1993.

Of the three performances Anthony Braxton did at the London Jazz Festival, this is the one never officially released. What we have here is just one hour of the complete FM broadcast but of an incomplete show. No titles were given but by this time Free Jazz had fallen into a form and much of the improvising was formalised into structures. No longer could you expect the unexpected but rather trained ears and informed listeners knew what to expect.

While their playing cannot be faulted, a gifted "Free Jazz" composer was highly regarded. Marilyn Crispell arrived at this show about the same time she released her acclaimed album Santuerio which displayed her skill as a composer. Mentor and student both collaborate in this hour-long lesson in improvisation. Lulls are broken by frenetic soloing, then each player paces the other as they move the composition forward. As one commentator has suggested, by 1993 it was unclear who was student and who was mentor. Crispell joined the classic Anthony Braxton Quartet in 1985 but had grown into a mature composer in her own right.

The promise of women players, improvisers and composers in jazz pioneered by the practitioners of Free Jazz never blossomed in the artistic sphere. Over the last decade, the pendulum has swung back to jazz divas with such a great number of golden-throated singers. Inevitably, they walk the oft-travelled path of traditional jazz and cover versions. How unexciting.

This is a remarkably fine recording and good enough for an official release. For those who want more of Braxton's shows at the London Jazz Festival, look for Trio [London] 1993 with Evan Parker and Paul Rutherford and Duo [London] 1993 with Evan Parker. Both can be ordered from Leo Records.
- Professor Red


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Track 01 Untitled
part a (8.6MB)
part b
(5.4MB)
part c
(6.5MB)
part d
(6.2MB)
part e
(7.0MB)
part f
(11.3MB)
Track 02

DJ outro (1.2MB)

Lineup:
Anthony Braxton - reeds and flute
Marilyn Crispell - piano


Both Anthony Braxton and Marilyn Crispell released superb albums in 1993. For Braxton, it was Quartet [Santa Cruz] 1993 on hat art as well as The Braxton Quartet Plays Twelve Braxton Compositions [Music & Arts] both in July. This quartet was the one assembled in 1985 and highly regarded. Crispell was a key member and features on both live albums. In May 1993, Crispell released her critically acclaimed studio album Santuerio [Leo] which has the common drummer as the Quartet in Gerry Hemingway. This album recognised her as a serious composer. You can buy a copy here. Leo Records has a great selection of Braxton's and Crispell's works.




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