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Reissuing and remastering saxophonist Anthony Braxton's stellar release documenting his 1993 live performance with Marilyn Crispell on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on percussion & marimba, demanding collective improvisation from masterful players.

Braxton, Anthony / Quartet
(Santa Cruz) 1993 1st Set [REPRESS]

Braxton, Anthony / Quartet: (Santa Cruz) 1993 1st Set [REPRESS] (Hatology)

Label: Hatology    
Released in: Switzerland    

"The "reception dynamics" embodied by the Gerry Hemmingway patrons who gave Anthony Braxton a new sweater, the Santa Cruz woodwind technician who overhauled Braxton's instruments pro bono, and, most tellingly, the cheers of the Kuumbwa Jazz Center audience, are integral to the Quartet's stellar performances on Quartet (Santa Cruz) 1993. During its tenure, Braxton frequently described the Quartet's work with the phrase "navigation through form." For Braxton, the West Coast tour was a definitive demonstration of this meta-reality. While Braxton's use of "navigation through form" was generally taken by commentators to mean an openended odyssey, the phrase now suggests a journey with a clearcut destination; as such, the music made at Santa Cruz represented a long sought-after goal, completing the Quartet's passage through Braxton's rapidly expanding music system."-Bill Shoemaker, July 1996

"Recorded at Santa Cruz's Kuumbwa Jazz Center, this exhausting yet fascinating two-disc adventure transports the listener to a cubist realm of terse tonal manipulations, extreme volume dynamics, and controlled collective chaos. Although the ratio between dissonance and consonance will have the most diehard free jazz listener begging for 4/4 swing, the sometimes fanciful, sometimes foreboding interplay that Braxton cajoles with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser and percussionist Gerry Hemingway will pique the curiosity of anyone with gusty ears and expansive imagination.

Hyperactive and sonically intense, the first program ebbs and flows at a glacier pace. After 15 plus minutes of volcanic cacophony, the ensemble eventually nestles into lighthearted conversations with marching motifs, snippets of swing, and twilight wonderment. Less sardonic and more seductive is the second disc, which opts for a comparatively more relaxed environment. Still ethereal and searching, this program offers some piercing lyricism from Braxton on clarinet and haunting balladry. With the energy level tempered, the ensemble's interaction becomes more emphatic than telepathic, which allows the listener to hone in on the more beautiful side of outness."-John Murph, JazzTimes

See also (Santa Cruz) 1993 2nd Set.

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Product Information:

UPC: 752156071327

Label: Hatology
Catalog ID: 713
Squidco Product Code: 20026

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded live at KUSP-FM at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, California, on July 19th, 1993, by Larry Blood.


Anthony Braxton-reeds

Marilyn Crispell-piano

Mark Dresser-bass

Gerry Hemingway-percussion, marimba

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Track Listing:

1. Track 01 38:58

2. Track 02 37:09