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Braxton, Anthony

Sextet (Parker) 1993 [11-CD BOX SET]

Braxton, Anthony: Sextet (Parker) 1993 [11-CD BOX SET] (New Braxton House)

Originally released on Hat Hut in '95, this 11-CD box blows open these 2 European concerts in Zurich and Koln, reworking the music of Charlie Parker and associated bop composers, with Braxton himself on reeds, plus saxophonist Ari Brown, trumpeter Paul Smoker, pianist Misha Mengelberg, and alternating between drummers Han Bennink and Pheeroan AkLaff; superb, essential!
 

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UPC: 711574814923

Label: New Braxton House
Catalog ID: NBH907
Squidco Product Code: 25518

Format: 11 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Box Set - 11 CDs
Recorded in 1993.


Personnel:

Anthony Braxton-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, contrabass clarinet, piano

Ari Brown-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Paul Smoker-trumpet, flugelhorn

Misha Mengelberg-piano

Joe Fonda-bass

Pheeroan akLaff-drums

Han Bennink-drums

Charlie Parker-composer

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track listing:


CD1



1. Confirmation (10:27)

2. Quasimodo (10:33)

3. Don't Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh/Dorothy Fields) (12:05)

4. Repetition (Neal Hefti) (5:06)

5. Klactoveedsedstene (6:44)

6. Relaxin' At Camarillo (15:39)

CD2



1. Darn That Dream (Jimmy Van Heusen/Eddie Delange) (11:49)

2. Hot House (Tadd Dameron) (14:06)

3. Laura (Johnny Mercer/David Raskin) (8:43)

4. Scrapple From The Apple (5:18)

5. Bebop (Dizzy Gillespie) (17:06)

6. Charlie's Wig (6:51)

7. Klactoveedsedstene (6:50)

CD3



1. Autumn In New York (Vernon Duke) (9:10)

2. Parker Melodies (34:47)

3. Yardbird Suite (9:25)

4. Ari/Mischa Duo (1:48)

5. Charlie's Wig (6:36)

6. Klactoveedsedstene (6:51)

CD4



1. A Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie) (8:30)

2. Another Hair-Do (10:37)

3. Sippin' At Bell's (Miles Davis) (4:10)

4. An Oscar For Treadwell (9:00)

5. Bongo Bop (7:14)

6. Blues For Alice (11:13)

CD5



1. Dewey Square (15:33)

2. Mohawk (3:34)

3. Repetition (Neal Hefti) (4:17)

4. An Oscar For Treadwell (7:56)

5. A Night In Tunisia (6:23)

6. Quasimodo (10:01)

7. Cardboard (8:16)

8. Koko (7:30)

CD6



1. Milestones (John Lewis) (7:47)

2. Hot House (Tadd Dameron) (12:52)

3. Klactoveedsedstene (7:07)

4. Yardbird Suite (8:10)

5. Passport (6:20)

6. Repetition (Neal Hefti) (4:20)

7. A Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie) (6:22)

CD7



1. Hot House (Tadd Dameron) (15:51)

2. A Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie) (8:59)

3. An Oscar For Treadwell (19:22)

4. Dewey Square (12:25)

5. Repetition (Neal Hefti) (5:11)

6. Klactoveedsedstene (10:49)

CD8



1. Hot House (Tadd Dameron) (15:18)

2. Another Hair-Do (16:26)

3. April In Paris (Vernon Duke/E.Y. Harburg) (4:59)

4. An Oscar For Treadwell (28:32)

CD9



1. Repetition (NealHefti) (5:13)

2. Don't Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh/Dorothy Fields) (10:37)

3. Confirmation (13:03)

4. A Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie) (11:41)

5. Dewey Square (14:52)

6. Klactoveedsedstene (5:34)

CD10



1. Darn That Dream (Jimmy Van Heusen/Eddie Delange) (12:05)

2. Autumn In New York (Vernon Duke) (7:56)

3. Sippin' At Bell's (Miles Davis) (5:35)

4. Bebop (Dizzy Gillespie) (8:25)

5. Another Hair-Do (10:32)

6. Koko (7:13)

CD11



1. Repetition (Neal Hefti) (5:04)

2. Cardboard (10:10)

3. Blues For Alice (10:34)

4. Confirmation (10:12)

5. Don't Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh/Dorothy Fields) (13:05)

6. Cheryl (9:39)

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"The long-awaited 11-CD box set of Braxton's interpretations of the Charlie Parker songbook. Very limited number of advanced copies. Braxton's hard-swinging Charlie Parker Project, recorded in 1993 with a brilliant band including two geniuses since deceased-trumpeter Paul Smoker and pianist Misha Mengelberg-expands beyond its original two-CD form into a 11-CD box on New Braxton House, the imprint operated by Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation. The notion of listening to everything in sequence, including numerous versions of the same tunes, admittedly is daunting, but this is a set that you can drop into literally anywhere and be swept away instantly."-Firehouse 12



"Is the music of Anthony Braxton impenetrable? Frankly yes, and absolutely not. There are entire wings of his musical house, for instance his Trillium R operas, Echo Echo Mirror House, and Ghost Trance Music, that listeners find untraversable. Some folks cannot reconcile one approach with another or choose to listen solely to one Braxton musical system, such as his work with computer audio programs, or his free improvisational work. With the sheer volume of Braxton's recorded output, a listener's passion for just one musical system is a just and noble endeavor.

That said, his many projects are not mutually exclusive, and the key to unlocking the sometimes mysterious music of Braxton is his work in the jazz tradition. These 11 CDs, all music associated with Charlie Parker, were recorded in Cologne, Amsterdam, Zürich, and Antwerp during a brief tour in 1993. The music was originally released as a two-CD Anthony Braxton's Charlie Parker Project 1993 (Hat Art, 1995) and remastered by Hatology in 2004. The original release featured Braxton on alto and soprano saxophones and contrabass clarinet with his sextet of drummer Pheeroan AkLaff, saxophonist Ari Brown, trumpeter Paul Smoker, and pianist Misha Mengelberg. The second disc swapped Pheeroan AkLAff for drummer Han Bennink.

All the original music (15 tracks) are here, some expanded from their edited form, plus 53 others on these 11 discs. We also hear Braxton performing on flute and at the piano, an instrument he favored in the mid-1990s. Yes, 11 hours, 17 minutes is quite a lot of music, and who needs six versions of "Klactoveedsedstene"? Charlie Parker fans for one, plus Braxton devotees, especially those that revere his "in the tradition" covers. This collection gives us samplings of many aspects of the great man's approach to music.

Charting a course through Braxton is like walking the Dharma path, albeit a secular one. It is said that those that approach enlightenment expand their awareness of a single moment into hundreds, maybe thousands of moments. Like Charlie Parker's perception of harmonic structures and chord progressions that exploded the simple swing music his peers were making, Braxton's music expands those singular moments of Parker into thousands of moments.

Before we get all woo-woo cosmic here, let's just say there is something for everyone in this box set. He pulls out his contrabass clarinet on "Sippin' At Bells" and "Scrapple From The Apple" just as he did with "Ornithology" back in 1974 for the What's New In The Tradition (SteepleChase) recordings. With both compositions the ensemble pares down the sound to parse out the minute characteristics of the music. Not a fan of the deliberate approach? Braxton's scorching take on Dizzy Gillespie's "Bebop" certainly would have outgunned the young lions of the early 1990s. Where another musician might have mimicked, Braxton maintains his self while speaking the language of bebop. Ari Brown's saxophone plays the straight man in this duo, but a straight man like Dean Martin to Jerry Lewis with perfect timing and beautiful tone. We can't fail to note Paul Smoker's trumpet here, rich with growls, high wire gymnastics and a thorough knowledge of bebop.

The seven takes of "Klactoveedsedstene" give the best examples of Braxton's Parker-plus approach. He allows each version to deconstruct and follow its own improvised path. The most entertaining might be the take with Han Bennink aboard. The drummer replaced AkLaff for just one date, and his natural chemistry with fellow Dutch swing pianist Misha Mengelberg is quite evident. His freewheeling pillage of the pulse opens the sextet into wordless song and it coaxes Mengelberg's pugnaciousness. Like Braxton is to Parker, the pianist is to Thelonious Monk. We understand Monk is where he begins, before flowering into a language all his own.

Braxton himself plays piano on five tracks. Again, this aspect of his music is itself a métier championed by some and dismissed by others. His raw percussive attack brings to mind another saxophonist, Charles Gayle. Both horn men distinguish themselves by their idiosyncratic style.

If you are a timid listener, start with the more straightforward approaches like the sextet's take of "An Oscar For Treadwell" and then venture into the multi-faceted 34-minute "Parker Melodies" that plays like a stream of consciousness. The music is an Anthony Braxton dream of Charlie Parker. Braxton's music might be best described as a life choice, by the nature of it's magnitude. New listeners will find this set a great entry point to the indulgent rabbit hole experience that is Anthony Braxton."-Mark Corroto, All

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[Anthony Braxton (born June 4, 1945) is an American composer and instrumentalist.]

"Genius is a rare commodity in any art form, but at the end of the 20th century it seemed all but non-existent in jazz, a music that had ceased looking ahead and begun swallowing its tail. If it seemed like the music had run out of ideas, it might be because Anthony Braxton covered just about every conceivable area of creativity during the course of his extraordinary career. The multi-reedist/composer might very well be jazz's last bona fide genius. Braxton began with jazz's essential rhythmic and textural elements, combining them with all manner of experimental compositional techniques, from graphic and non-specific notation to serialism and multimedia. Even at the peak of his renown in the mid- to late '70s, Braxton was a controversial figure amongst musicians and critics. His self-invented (yet heavily theoretical) approach to playing and composing jazz seemed to have as much in common with late 20th century classical music as it did jazz, and therefore alienated those who considered jazz at a full remove from European idioms. Although Braxton exhibited a genuine -- if highly idiosyncratic -- ability to play older forms (influenced especially by saxophonists Warne Marsh, John Coltrane, Paul Desmond, and Eric Dolphy), he was never really accepted by the jazz establishment, due to his manifest infatuation with the practices of such non-jazz artists as John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Many of the mainstream's most popular musicians (Wynton Marsalis among them) insisted that Braxton's music was not jazz at all. Whatever one calls it, however, there is no questioning the originality of his vision; Anthony Braxton created music of enormous sophistication and passion that was unlike anything else that had come before it. Braxton was able to fuse jazz's visceral components with contemporary classical music's formal and harmonic methods in an utterly unselfconscious -- and therefore convincing -- way. The best of his work is on a level with any art music of the late 20th century, jazz or classical.

Braxton began playing music as a teenager in Chicago, developing an early interest in both jazz and classical musics. He attended the Chicago School of Music from 1959-1963, then Roosevelt University, where he studied philosophy and composition. During this time, he became acquainted with many of his future collaborators, including saxophonists Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell. Braxton entered the service and played saxophone in an Army band; for a time he was stationed in Korea. Upon his discharge in 1966, he returned to Chicago where he joined the nascent Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The next year, he formed an influential free jazz trio, the Creative Construction Company, with violinist Leroy Jenkins and trumpeter Leo Smith. In 1968, he recorded For Alto, the first-ever recording for solo saxophone. Braxton lived in Paris for a short while beginning in 1969, where he played with a rhythm section comprised of bassist Dave Holland, pianist Chick Corea, and drummer Barry Altschul. Called Circle, the group stayed together for about a year before disbanding (Holland and Altschul would continue to play in Braxton-led groups for the next several years). Braxton moved to New York in 1970. The '70s saw his star rise (in a manner of speaking); he recorded a number of ambitious albums for the major label Arista and performing in various contexts. Braxton maintained a quartet with Altschul, Holland, and a brass player (either trumpeter Kenny Wheeler or trombonist George Lewis) for most of the '70s. During the decade, he also performed with the Italian free improvisation group Musica Elettronica Viva, and guitarist Derek Bailey, as well as his colleagues in AACM. The '80s saw Braxton lose his major-label deal, yet he continued to record and issue albums on independent labels at a dizzying pace. He recorded a memorable series of duets with bop pioneer Max Roach, and made records of standards with pianists Tete Montoliu and Hank Jones. Braxton's steadiest vehicle in the '80s and '90s -- and what is often considered his best group -- was his quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Gerry Hemingway. In 1985, he began teaching at Mills College in California; he subsequently joined the music faculty at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he taught through the '90s. During that decade, he received a large grant from the MacArthur Foundation that allowed him to finance some large-scale projects he'd long envisioned, including an opera. At the beginning of the 21st century, Braxton was still a vital presence on the creative music scene."

-All Music, Chris Kelsey (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/anthony-braxton-mn0000924030/biography)
9/12/2018

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"Paul Smoker (1941-2016) - trumpet, composer, educator.

"What Paul Smoker produced on his horn was unheard of in these latitudes; his complete command of his instrument allowed him to play whatever extravaganza he would think of, harmonically as well as in terms of dynamics. Styles, modes and techniques of every era of the history of music -- Baroque and Bebop, Structuralism and Storyville, Blues and Berio... To the widely discussed question about the future development of the jazz trumpet, Paul Smoker's musical concept could definitely constitute a far-reaching answer." - Jazz Podium

Paul Smoker studied and performed both jazz and classical music while growing up in Davenport, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa (eventually receiving a DMA in trumpet) where one of his fellow students was David Sanborn. While in high school and college he played in the clubs across the Mississippi River in Rock Island and Moline, as well as Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, getting to work with Dodo Marmarosa (pianist with Charlie Parker), among others. He was also a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet, touring throughout the United States, and the U of Iowa Center for New Music.

As a trumpeter his influences include avant-garde classical sources as well as the jazz trumpet tradition, and also the saxophonists John Coltrane and Anthony Braxton. For over twenty years he taught trumpet, jazz, and 20th-century 'classical' music at the Universities of Iowa, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Coe College. During his tenure at Coe he founded the Paul Smoker Trio with Ron Rohovit and Phil Haynes, and they began to receive international attention, recording five albums and playing jazz festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In late 1990 he moved to upstate New York and where he concentrated on teaching, composing, and performing.

Since the mid-80's he has made over fifty recordings as a leader of his own groups and with Anthony Braxton, Joint Venture, Vinny Golia, Lou Grassi, Herb Robertson, Jay Rosen, Adam Lane, Burton Greene, Dom Minasi, et al. He has also worked with David Liebman, Evan Parker, Don Byron, John Tchicai, Art Pepper, Frank Rosolino, Barry Altschul, Gerry Hemingway, Ellery Eskelin, Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, and on and on...

Paul directed the jazz studies program at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, and has been composer-in-residence at Rochester's School of the Arts and Cornell University. The Paul Smoker Notet debuted in 2003 at Tonic in New York City, and includes Smoker, guitarist Steve Salerno, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Phil Haynes. Notet recordings include Live At the Bop Shop, Cool Lives, and the new Landings. It Might Be Spring, a duo concert with Phil Haynes in Buffalo, NY, is also available.

Smoker was first elected to the annual Downbeat Critics' Poll in 1986, and has been the subject of features and reviews in Downbeat, Jazziz, Coda, Cadence, and many other sources, including discographies, encyclopedias, and texts.

Paul passed away peacefully on May 14, 2016 at his home in the Rochester, NY, area, surrounded by his family."

-Paul Smoker Website (http://paulsmoker.com/Bio.html)
9/12/2018

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"Misha Mengelberg (5 June 1935 - 3 March 2017) was a Dutch jazz pianist and composer. A prominent figure in post-WWII European Jazz, Megelberg is known for his forays into free improvisation, for bringing humor into his music, and as a leading interpreter of songs by fellow pianists Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols.

Mengelberg was born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, the son of the Dutch conductor Karel Mengelberg (born Karel Willem Joseph Mengelberg; 18 July 1902, Utrecht - 11 July 1984, Amsterdam) and grand-nephew of conductor Willem Mengelberg. Karel Mengelberg was a Dutch composer and conductor, who worked in Berlin, Barcelona, Kiev and Amsterdam. A notable work of his was 'Catalunya Renaixent', written for the Banda Municipal of Barcelona in 1934.

Misha's family moved back to the Netherlands in the late 1930s and he began learning the piano at age five. Mengelberg briefly studied architecture before entering the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he studied music from 1958-64. While there he won the first prize at a jazz festival in Loosdrecht and became associated with Fluxus. His early influences included Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and John Cage, whom he heard lecture at Darmstadt.

Mengelberg won the Gaudeamus International Composers Award in 1961. Among his first recordings was among Eric Dolphy's last, Last Date (1964). Also on that record was the drummer Han Bennink, and the two of them, together with saxophonist Piet Noordijk, formed a quartet which had a number of different bassists, and which played at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1966. In 1967 he co-founded the Instant Composers Pool, an organisation which promoted avant garde Dutch jazz performances and recordings, with Bennink and Willem Breuker. He was co-founder of STEIM in Amsterdam in 1969.

Mengelberg played with a large variety of musicians. He often performed in a duo with fellow Dutchman Bennink, with other collaborators including Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, and (on the flip side of a live recording with Dolphy) his pet parrot. He was also one of the earliest exponents of the work of the once-neglected pianist Herbie Nichols.

He also wrote music for others to perform (generally leaving some room for improvisation) and oversaw a number of music theatre productions, which usually included a large element of absurdist humour. A 2006 DVD release, Afijn (ICP/Data), is a primer on Mengelberg's life and work, containing an 80-minute documentary and additional concert footage.[citation needed]

Mengelberg died in Amsterdam on 3 March 2017, aged 81, from undisclosed causes."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misha_Mengelberg)
9/12/2018

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"Joe Fonda is a composer, bassist, recording artist, interdisciplinary performer, producer and educator.

An accomplished international Jazz artist, Fonda has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States ,Canada , Europe and Asia. He has collaborated and performed with such artists as Anthony Braxton ,Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, , Bill Dixon, Han Bennink, Bobby Naughton, Xu Fengia, Randy Weston, Gebhard Ullmann, Carla Bley, Carlo Zingaro, Barry Altschul, Billy Bang.

Fonda was the bassist with the renowned Anthony Braxton sextet, octet, tentet, from 1984 through 1999. Fonda also sat on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 1999, and was the President from 1997 to 1999 of the newly formed Tri-Centric Foundation. He has also performed with the 38-piece Tri-Centric orchestra under the direction of Anthony Braxton, and was the bassist for the premiere performance of Anthony Braxton's opera, Shalla Fears for the Poor, performed at the John Jay Theater in New York, New York, October 1996.

As a composer, Fonda has been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions From Meet the Composer New York and the New England Foundation on the Arts . He has released twelve recordings under his own name. (Reviews and recordings available). Fonda was also a member of The Creative Musicians Improvisors Forum directed by Leo Smith, and was the bassist with the American Tap Dance Orchestra in New York City, directed by world renowned tap dancer, Brenda Bufalino.

In 1989, Fonda performed with Fred Ho's Jazz and Peking opera in its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1982 to 1986 Fonda was the bassist and dancer with the Sonomama Dance Company. An independent producer since 1978, Fonda is the founding director of Kaleidoscope Arts an interdisciplinary performance ensemble and is the producer and musicial director for the Connecticut Composers and improvisors Festival from 2001 to 2011.

Currently Fonda has been recording and touring extensively with the Fonda-Stevens Group, Conference Call , The Fab Trio, The Nu Band and Bottoms Out , with performances at the Bim huis in Amsterdam, Holland, Prague Jazz Festival, Czech Republic, Jazz Halo Festival, Belgium, Jazz Festival Thurinsen, Weimer, Germany, Berlin Jazz Festival Berlin Germany , Jazz Im Agusto Festival Lisbon Portugal, Natt Jazz Festival Bergen Norway, The Vision Festival New York, New York, Jazz and More Festival Sibiu Romania, Bakau Jazz Festival ,Azerbijan, Tondela Jazz Festival Tondala portugal , Vancouver Jazz Festival ,Vancouver Canada, Guelph Jazz Festival ,Guelph Canada .

Two of Fonda's most recent projects are From the Source, The Off Road Quartet.

From the Source is a group that incorporates the tap dancing and poetry of Brenda Bufalino and the healing arts of Vicki Dodd, and four jazz musicians. The group has released their first CD entitled, Joe Fonda and From the Source, on Konnex Records.

The Off Road Quartet is comprised of four musicians from four different countries. Ux Fengia from Beijing China , Carlos Zingaro from Lisbon Portugal , Lucas Niggle from Zurich Switzerland and Joe Fonda New York USA. The Off Road Quartet blends the musics from all four of these musicians cultures into a unique musicial and visual experence."

-Joe Fona Website (http://joefonda.com/biography)
9/12/2018

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"Pheeroan akLaff was born in Detroit, Michigan January 27, 1955, and named Paul, by his parents in honor of Paul Robeson one of their favorite musicians. Though his parents did not play instruments they enjoyed dancing with the Lunceford, Basie, Eckstein, and Ellington bands. His mother, distantly related to Wings Over Jordan choir director Glenn T. Settlle, was a fan of classical repertoire. His father is a Jazz fan and audiophile. This spawned a musical household in which all seven children had music lessons at some stage of their development. Eric, the eldest became a concert pianist and choir conductor.

Largely an autodidact, with some years at Eastern Michigan University, Pheeroan studied privately with Randall Hicks (New Jersey Symphony Orchestra), and "Pistol" Allen (Motown). Working in ensembles led by arranger Travis Biggs, at EMU brought about his first recording date; a 45rpm for local R&B singer Major Lasky titled Remember Me Always (1973), a favorite of radio station WGPR.

In 1975 he relocated to New Haven Connecticut, and while auditing the African Art class of Robert Ferris Thompson, akLaff established a connection with Rashied Ali, drummer of John Coltrane's late ensembles. While kindlling the band DejaVu with his peers, he also initiated a tenure with Wadada Leo Smith,introducing him to performances and recordings with Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Henry Threadgill, Sonny Sharrock, Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor, Yamashita Yosuke, Amiri Baraka, Liu Sola, Tom Pierson, and Anthony Braxton, among many internationally acclaimed composers.

As a young artist Pheeroan akLaff toured several countries of Africa, Asia and Europe. He produced a wave of Funk and Reggae influenced performances and recordings in the 1980's. after his Urban West African music immersion in Abidjan, Cote D"Ivoire with the Marie Rose Guiraud dance troupe. He met Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Sonny Okosun, and Steve Rhodes with scholar Dr. Frank T. Fairfax III, in Lagos Nigeria. He performed for the U.S. State Department with Oliver Lake and Jump Up; in Malawi, Swaziland, Cote D'Ivoire Togo and Liberia, and with Jay Hoggard; in Morocco, Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Egypt and India.

In the 1990's he presented his music ensembles at the Willisau festival of Switzerland, the Sju festival of the Netherlands, the Montsalvat festival of Australia, the Moers, and the Nurnberg festivals of Germany. He also led the Double Duo ensemble with two saxophonists; Mixashawn and Ravi Coltrane, and with two drummers; akLaff and his mentor Rashied Ali.

Pheeroan akLaff believes that the arts are a way to give thanks, and to work for change. His non-profit organization Seed Artists encorages education, mentorship and enlightenment through selective arts presentations. With Creative Director Chris Napierala he has recently presented music festivals and symposiums at William Patterson University, and Montclair State University, childrens writing workshops and community concerts at The Montclair Public Library, and community concerts at local galleries. In 2016- 2017 he will serve as curator at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens, NY.

Since 1991. Mr.akLaff has taught drums and creative music to University students at New School University in New York, and at Wesleyan University in Connecticut."

-Pheeroan akLaff Website (https://www.pheeroanaklaff.com/biography)
9/12/2018

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"Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink was born in Zaandam near Amsterdam in 1942. His first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair. Later his father, an orchestra percussionist, supplied him with a more conventional outfit, but Han never lost his taste for coaxing sounds from unlikely objects he finds backstage at concerts. He is still very fond of playing chairs.

In Holland in the 1960s, Bennink was quickly recognized as an uncommonly versatile drummer. As a hard swinger in the tradition of his hero Kenny Clarke, he accompanied touring American jazz stars, including Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Griffin, Eric Dolphy and Dexter Gordon. He is heard with Gordon on the 1969 album "Live at Amsterdam Paradiso" (on the Affinity label) and with Dolphy on 1964s "Last Date" (PolyGram). At the same time, Bennink participated in the creation of a European improvised music which began to evolve a new identity, apart from its jazz roots. With fellow Dutch pioneers, pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Willem Breuker, he founded the musicians collective Instant Composers Pool in 1967. Bennink anchored various bands led by Mengelberg or Breuker, and appeared in their comic music-theater productions.

Bennink attended art school in the 1960s, and is also a successful visual artist in several media, often constructing sculpture from found objects, which may include broken drum heads and sticks. He has designed the covers for many LPs and CDs on which he appears. Bennink is represented by Amsterdam's Galerie Espace, and has been the subject of several one-man shows, including one at the Gemeente Museum in the Hague in 1995.

In 1966, Bennink played the US's Newport Jazz Festival with the Mengelberg quartet. From the late 1960s through the '70s Bennink collaborated frequently with Danish, German, English and Belgian musicians, notably saxophonists John Tchicai and Peter Broetzmann, guitarist Derek Bailey and pianist Fred van Hove. Bennink, Broetzmann and van Hove had a longstanding trio well documented on FMP Records. There Bennink also showcased his talents on clarinet, trombone, soprano saxophone and many other instruments, also featured in a series of solo albums he began in 1971.

Bennink's many recordings from the 1980s include sessions with Mengelberg's ICP Orchestra (where he remains), South African bassist Harry Miller, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonists Roswell Rudd and George Lewis, and big-bandleaders Sean Bergin and Andy Sheppard.

From 1988 to'98 Bennink's main vehicle was Clusone 3, with saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Moore and cellist Ernst Reijseger, a band noted for its free-wheeling mix of swinging jazz standards, wide-open improvising, and tender ballads. Clusone played Europe and North America, West Africa, China, Vietnam and Australia, and recorded five CDs for Gramavision, hat Art and Ramboy.

Nowadays he is frequently heard with tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius's quartet and in a trio with pianist/keyboardist Cor Fuhler and bassist Wilbert de Joode, and he still collaborates occasionally with jazz luminaries such as Johnny Griffin, Von Freeman and Ray Anderson.

A conspicuous feature of Bennink's musical life since the 1960s is the spontaneous duo concert with musicians of many nationalities and musical inclinations; in the '90s he recorded in duo with among others pianists Mengelberg, Irene Schweizer and Myra Melford, guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin.

Since 2008 Han Bennink has his own Han Bennink Trio consisting of Han Bennink, Joachim Badenhorst on clarinet and Simon Toldam on piano."

-Han Bennink Website, Kevin Whitehead (http://www.hanbennink.com/music/biography/biography.php)
9/12/2018

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Dreamstruck
(Not Two)
Walk With The Penguin
Charm
(Amorfon)
Fujii, Satoko / Joe Fonda
Mizu
(Long Song Records)
Fujii / Fonda / Mimmo
Triad
(Long Song Records)
Brotzmann, Peter The Octet
Machine Gun - Alternate Takes [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Bailey, Derek / Han Bennink
Derek Bailey & Han Bennink [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Honest Jons Records)
Bailey, Derek / Anthony Braxton
Royal [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Honest Jons Records)
Braxton, Anthony
Solo (Victoriaville) 2017
(Victo)
Braxton, Anthony
Braxton: (Willisau) 1991 Studio [2 CDs]
(Hatology)
Walk With The Penguin
Charm
(Amorfon)
Smith, Wadada Leo
Najwa
(Tum)
Takase, Aki / Alexander von Schlippenbach
So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric Dolphy
(Intakt)
Tononi, Tiziano And Southbound
Trouble No More... All Men Are Brothers
(Long Song Records)
Braxton, Anthony
Ensemble (Victoriaville) 1988
(Les Disques Victo)
Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink (w/ Albert Mangelsdorff)
The End [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink (w/ Albert Mangelsdorff)
Couscouss de la Mauresque [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink (w/ Albert Mangelsdorff)
Elements [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Braxton, Anthony
3 Compositions Of New Jazz
(Delmark)
Peacock, Annette & Paul Bley
Dual Unity
(Bamboo)
Peacock, Annette & Paul Bley
Dual Unity
(Bamboo)
Nu Band, The
The Final Concert [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Braxton, Anthony
Quintet (Basel) 1977
(Hatology)
Braxton, Anthony / Miya Masaoka
Duo (Dcwm) 2013 [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Boogie With The Hook
(Leo)
Braxton, Anthony
3 Compositions Of New Jazz [VINYL]
(Delmark)
Fujii, Satoko / Joe Fonda
Duet
(Long Song Records)
Lehman, Steve Camouflage Trio
Interface [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Clean Feed)
Braxton, Anthony
Trillium J [4 CDs + Blu Ray]
(Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records)
Braxton, Anthony
3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 [3 CDs]
(Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records)
Brooklyn Express, The (Fonda / Tononi / Cavallanti / Swell / Robertson)
No Time Left!
(Long Song Records)
Altschul, Barry 3dom Factor
Tales Of The Unforseen
(Tum)
Brotzmann / van Hove / Bennink
1971
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Braxton, Anthony / Quartet
(Santa Cruz) 1993 1st Set [REPRESS]
(Hatology)
Papasoff, Charles
Papasoff
(Red Toucan)
Various Artists
Amalgam(e): 10 Years of Red Toucan [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Braxton, Anthony & Taylor Ho Bynum
Duo (Amherst) 2010 [DVD]
(New Braxton House)
Braxton, Anthony Steptet (with Ho Bynum / Halvorson / Pavone / Rozen / Siegel / Testa)
Echo Echo Mirror House
(Les Disques Victo)
Schlippenbach, Alexander Von
The Living Music [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Altschul, Barry
The 3dom Factor
(Tum)
MusicWorks
#114 Winter 2012 [MAGAZINE + CD]
(Musicworks)
Smith, Wadada Leo
Ten Freedom Summers [4 CDs]
(Cuneiform)
Smith's Mbira, Wadada Leo
Dark Lady Of The Sonnets
(Tum)
Braxton, Anthony
Eight (+1) Tristano Compositions 1989 for Warne Marsh
(Hatology)
Braxton, Anthony
Trillium E
(New Braxton House)
Anderson, Ray / Han Bennink / Christy Doran
A B D
(hatOLOGY)
Smith, Wadada Leo Organic
Heart's Reflection [2 CDs]
(Cuneiform)
Braxton, Anthony
GTM (Outpost) 2003 [2 CDs]
(Leo)
ICP Orchestra
Jubilee Varia
(Hatology)
Larner, Brett
Itadakimasu - Improvised Duets 1994-2000
(Spool)
Braxton, Anthony & the AIMToronto Orchestra
Creative Orchestra (Guelph) 2007
(Spool)
Blake, Ran & Anthony Braxton
A Memory Of Vienna
(Hatology)
Mancini Project, The
Views of Mancini
(FMR)
Mitchell, Roscoe
L-R-G/ The Maze/ S Ii Examples
(NESSA)
Smith, Wadada Leo
Procession Of The Great Ancestry
(NESSA)
Clusone 3
Soft Lights And Sweet Music
(Hatology)
Mitchell, Roscoe
Nonaah
(NESSA)
Braxton, Anthony / Milford Graves / William Parker
Beyond Quantum
(Tzadik)
Koglmann, Franz
L'Heure Bleue
(Hatology)
Braxton, Anthony / Morris, Joe
4 Improvisations (Duets) 2007
(Clean Feed)
Double Duo (Verploegen / Mengelberg / Tamura / Fujii)
Crossword Puzzle
(Libra)
Braxton, Anthony
12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007
(Les Disques Victo)
Braxton, Anthony
Trio (Victoriaville) 2007
(Les Disques Victo)
ZMF Trio
Circle The Path
(Drip Audio)
Lake Trio, Oliver
Zaki
(Hatology)
Braxton, Anthony
Solo Willisau
(Intakt)
Braxton, Anthony
9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 [DVD]
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Trio, Derome / Guilbeault / Tanguay
Etymologie: Live at L' Off Festival de Jazz de Montreal
(Ambiances Jazz)
Braxton, Anthony / Fonda, Joe
Duets 1995
(Clean Feed)
Braxton, Anthony Sextet
(Victoriaville) 2005
(Les Disques Victo)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Duck, Chad!
(Chadula)
Smith, Wadada Leo / Anthony Braxton
Saturn, Conjunct the Grand Canyon in a Sweet Embrace
(Pi Recordings)
Braxton, Anthony / Derek Bailey
Moment Precieux
(Les Disques Victo)
Braxton, Anthony Quartet
(Victoriaville) 1992
(Les Disques Victo)
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