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A much-need reissue of the 1974 Emanem LP presenting saxophonist Anthony Baxton, also on flute, with guitarist Derek Bailey on acoustic and electric, performing at London's Wigmore Hall for twelve duets of a diverse, playful, and accesible character.

Braxton, Anthony / Derek Bailey
First Duo Concert (London 1974)

Braxton, Anthony / Derek Bailey: First Duo Concert (London 1974) (Emanem)

Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

"These twelve duets between African-American avant-gardist Anthony Braxton and Brit Derek Bailey are remarkable for several reasons, not the least of which is that this is the first recording of these two seminal figures performing in tandem. For this live concert, Braxton brought his array of horns: contrabass, soprano, and Bb clarinets, flute, and sopranino and alto saxophones, while Bailey alternated between amplified and acoustic 19-string guitars.

Coming from entirely different traditions of free music, Braxton emits a more melodic, tonal approach, while Bailey exemplifies an atonal, abstract concept. The results are hugely successful, with the two meeting halfway. As an indication of Braxton's remarkable diversity, it is worth noting that he recorded his two mainstream In the Tradition albums for SteepleChase just the month before. The duo recorded here with Bailey is surprisingly accessible, and contrasts two complementary approaches within the free music genre."-Steve Loewy

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243503827

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 5038
Squidco Product Code: 21147

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at the Wigmore Hall, in London, England, on June 30th, 1974, by Martin Davidson. Originally issued in 1974 on Emanem as double LP 601.


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

Derek Bailey-amplified guitar, 19-string (approx.) guiyar

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Track Listing:

1. The First Set - Area 1 8:23

2. The First Set - Area 2 3:13

3. The First Set - Area 3 (Open) 8:44

4. The First Set - Area 4 (Solo) 2:44

5. The First Set - Area 5 5:22

6. The First Set - Area 6 6:15

7. The Second Set - Area 7 6:48

8. The Second Set - Area 8 6:24

9. The Second Set - Area 9 (Solo) 5:57

10. The Second Set - Area 10 4:29

11. The Second Set - Area 11 (Open) 15:25

12. The Second Set - Area 12 4:02