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Anthony Braxton and Joe Fonda: Ten Compositions (Duet) 1995

Ishmael Reed once wrote that a book under review was not reader-friendly but that, as a writer, he thought the performance was excellent. My feelings for this release are similar. Braxton is a unique figure to say the least. His way of expanding things often has more affinity for Lennie Tristano than Coltrane or Dolphy (strong influences nonetheless), which has earned him some rather amazing vilification in the past. The more obvious fact that his sound is right out of Benny Carter has somehow escaped notice.

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