Anthony Braxton – Two Not One (1989)

Two Not One composed by Lennie Tristano is the first track on the album Eight (+3) Tristano Compositions, 1989: For Warne Marsh by Anthony Braxton. Recorded in 1989 and released on hat ART in 1990.

Critics can bitch all they want about Anthony Braxtons “cerebral” approach to composition and improvisation, because their words — like these — are only words. None of them could handle the jazz canon like Braxton in his taste and execution as a soloist or as a bandleader, and such criticisms are therefore easy to make. This set was recorded as an homage to late saxophone great Wayne Marsh (who was alive at the time of this recording) as well as to Lennie Tristano and his band of the late ’40s and early ’50s, which also included alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and guitarist Billy Bauer. Braxton´s own band mirrors Tristano´s, with Jon Raskin on baritone saxophone, Dred Scott on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums.

Braxton has done numerous recordings of standards, and even a double CD on this same label of his readings of Charlie Parker. But as fine as most of those recordings are, none of them matches the lyrical brilliance and subtle grace of this tribute. [source]

Anthony Braxton – Alto Saxophone, Sopranino Saxophone, Flute

John Raskin – Baritone Saxophone

Cecil McBee – Bass

Andrew Cyrille – Drums

Dred Scott – Piano



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