Braxton, Anthony/Matt Bauder / 2 + 2 Compositions
Album: 2 + 2 Compositions   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Braxton, Anthony/Matt Bauder   Added:May 2005
Label:482 Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-05-22 Pull Date: 2005-07-24 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 24 Jul 10 Jul 3 Jun 12
Airplays: 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 22, 2005: Memory Select
4. Jun 10, 2005: Memory Select
Composition No. 324B
2. Jul 08, 2005: Memory Select
Composition No. 324B [excerpt]
5. Jun 06, 2005: Stirling's Approximation
Composition No. 327C
3. Jul 01, 2005: Memory Select
Dots [excerpt]

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-05-25
Two saxes, bass, drums, in a sparse avant-garde setting. Takes patience, especially tracks 1 and 2. Open and often quiet, with an aggression that comes in small moments.

Very different from Braxton's "ghost trance" pieces, which use raucous march tempos (see "Six Compositions" on Rastascan).

I'm guessing Bauder and the other two musicians are students of Braxton's at Wesleyan.

1- Very quiet, drawn-out. Major pauses, such as the one around the 5-minute mark. Develops some structure near the end with long, meditative tones.

2- Warmer, a bit faster. Gets an abstract midtempo groove going after about 5 minutes. Some nice active patches in the last 5 minutes, too.

3- Like the name suggests, a sparse field of small musical points. It's a busy piece in spots, but that's masked by the overal sparseness and quiet restraint. Give it a chance.

4- Swooping and aggressive; different. Very abrasive sax sounds.

Track Listing
1. Scaffolding   3. Dots
2. Composition No. 324B   4. Composition No. 327C