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Label Watch: Braxton House

Anthony Braxton with Velibor Pedevski

Anthony Braxton is one of the most prolifically recorded composer/improvisers of our time, annually adding upwards of a dozen titles to an already massive discography. In 1996 alone, discs of Braxton’s music were issued by seven different labels. Still, Braxton feels his far-ranging activities are being documented in a piece-meal fashion. For years, Braxton pursued a strategy by which the release of a solo or quartet album with a particular label would facilitate the release of notated works, or music for unusually configured ensembles.

Yet, the volume and rapidly growing scope of Braxton’s projects have outpaced the production schedules of even ardently supportive labels.

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