USA, 1975, avant-garde jazz / modern creative
Anthony Braxton – Five Pieces 1975: What is improvisation anyway? Isn’t it just composing in real time for only that one moment? The album opens with Braxton and Holland getting Medieval on a standard… no, not in the bloody, brutal sense, but in the artistic, literary sense of taking an extant work and altering it to one’s own taste and vision, and then sending it out as a new version of that work, no less authentic than the original. What follows is Braxton’s original comprovisations fearless creativity that doesn’t have to justify itself to any haters: playful flutes and serpentine brass phrasings that barely dodge the stomps of the bass and percussion, all the wonderfully simple interaction surrounded by a wide field of pregnant space.