Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Jazz Like Chess

If you're a jazz lover, you might check out the Anthony Braxton Sextet. The Philadelphia Weekly says:
Anthony Braxton once gave up music to be a chess hustler. Not surprisingly, much of his composition style reflects similar aspects of the game. As with chess, Braxton's free jazz arrangements are based on highly theoretical rules and complex formations. Yet once a player is able to comprehend the versatility of these rules, there's greater flexibility to creatively improvise each individual move. With the saxophone often acting as Braxton's queen component, he's able to maneuver each note in boundless multiphonic intervals. All phony analogies aside, Braxton is a man who's reached legendary status with his fearless and influential sonic jazz sounds.

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