Braxton, Anthony & Kyle Brenders / Toronto (Duets) 2007
Album: Toronto (Duets) 2007   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Braxton, Anthony & Kyle Brenders   Added:Jan 2009
Label:Barnyard Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-02-08 Pull Date: 2009-04-12 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Apr 5 Mar 22 Mar 15 Mar 8 Feb 15
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 31, 2009: Reelin' in the Years Jazz Special
Composition 356
4. Mar 13, 2009: orangeasm
Composition 356
2. Mar 20, 2009: Memory Select
Composition 199 [excerpt]
5. Mar 04, 2009: The Heart of KZSU
COmp 199 T-12:40 excert
3. Mar 13, 2009: Memory Select
Composition 356 [excerpt]
6. Feb 13, 2009: Memory Select
Composition 199 [excerpt]

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-02-07
Abstract sax duets, sparse sound but busy feel. Not as repetitious as Phillip Glass; also jazzier than that, and even swingy. Loosely composed framework (you'll hear them change styles in unison quite a lot) but also lots of room for improvising. Poking, pointillistic sounds and lots of fast mood changes -- it'll get soft and quiet for a minute, then more brisk, then more liquidy, then more prickly. Grab one of the two CDs, pick your spot, and play a few minutes' worth. The lack of chords/drums might break certain shows' rhythms ... but sometimes that's what you're looking for.

DISK 1- Moves at a good fast pace. Some highlights:
-47:30... some intense digging, briefly
-35:00... brief droning
-29:00... fast jumbly part, then some grunty sax.
-26:45... starts a slow, warbly, slightly silly phase
-21:20... Long phase of unison pecking. (This part sounds really cool on fast forward or rewind)
-16:30... Softly jazzy murmurs
-12:15... Fluttery shrieks; birds yelling at you
-11:00... Unison pecking again, then some growling
-4:05... Weird rolling notes, running up and down

DISK 2- Calmer; still fast but less pointy.
Fluid intro, then slow, almost ballad-like. Relaxed yet warbly; this goes on for a while. Comes to a good STOP at -36:51 -- those first 9 minutes would be a good excerpt.
-33:15... A runup to a faster, twirling part, then some nice big unison lines
-29:40... Long composed stretch that gets into declarative, long-noted lines, then grumpy, growly soloing.
-21:33... Slower, quieter; lots of little flitting
-18:00... Slow warbling that builds into a cool pairing of low fluttering and high soloing. It's actually lovely, but then gets darkly growly and aggressive.
-13:46... Unison perkiness, eventually into some lumpy improvising
-7:15... Very quiet, slow. Then abrasive popping.
-4:40... Bird fight again!

Track Listing
1. Composition 199   2. Composition 356