Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ANTHONY BRAXTON QUARTET – Six Compositions: Quartet (LP-1982)

Label: Antilles – AN 1005
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: UK / Released: 1982
Style: Avant-garde Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded and mixed at Generation Sound October 21 & 22, 1981
Design [Album Design] – Nancy Greenberg
Engineer – Rob Eaton, Tony May
Executive-Producer, A&R [Consultant] – Steve Backer
Other [Executive Director] – Ron Goldstein
Photography By [Cover] – Benno Friedman
Producer, Written-By – Anthony Braxton

A1 - Unpk X Composition No. 40B . . . . . 7:11
A2 - Eggg (Mc- Composition No. 69N . . . . . 7:51
A3 - Pzq M C Wh Composition No. 34 . . . . . 6:20
B1 - Dk(Rhx) T U Gil-6 Composition No. 40A . . . . . 9:07
B2 - M R Rjm D Composition No. 40G . . . . . 5:01
B3 - G-Ho Mhh Rwp Composition No. 52 . . . . . 6:12

Anthony Braxton – alto / tenor saxophones, soprano saxophone [B-flat], soprano saxophone                                    [E-flat], contrabass clarinet
Anthony Davis – piano
Mark Helias – bass
Edward Blackwell – drums, percussion

Anthony Braxton (who on this album switches between alto, tenor, clarinets and contrabass clarinet) heads an all-star avant-garde quartet for a set also including pianist Anthony Davis, bassist Mark Helias and veteran drummer Ed Blackwell. There is plenty of diversity in Braxton's six originals and it is quite interesting to hear him perform with this unique one-time group.


Front cover art: Wassily Kandinsky, 'Black Relationship', 1924
Watercolor, 14½" x 14¼"
Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

If you find it, buy this album!


  1. ANTHONY BRAXTON – Six Compositions: Quartet (LP-1982)


  2. Wow! I know a couple of folks who would be more than happy to listen to this LP too. I'll send then this way. Thank you, Vitko!

  3. Thanks very much, Vitko! Love those mid-70's compositions by Braxton, great humour in them. Dortmund Quartet '76 with George Lewis was the first I bought and heard, it's still my favorite.

    1. Yes, the album with George Lewis is maddening. I also love it very much.

  4. Nice Vitko! I like Braxton from this period. Hadn't heard this one. Hope your turkey was moist and tender if you had any . . . I give thanks for friends like you on this day in which we traditionally do so in the states.

  5. Another piece in the puzzle of the vast Braxton discography. Thank you Vitko.

  6. Braxton & Blackwell... can't wait to listen!