Anthony Braxton: Four in One


Four In One


Anthony Braxton (alto sax)


Six Monk’s Compositions (Black Saint 120116-2 CD)

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Anthony Braxton (alto sax), Mal Waldron (piano), Buell Neidlinger (bass),

Bill Osborne (drums)


Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: Milan, Italy; June 30 and July 1, 1987


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Since the mid-'70s, Braxton has periodically recorded “in the tradition,” playing standard repertoire with piano-trio accompaniment. His 1987 set of Thelonious Monk covers is a curious offshoot of that series, focusing on a composer whose work had once been considered avant-garde but was subsequently assimilated into the jazz mainstream. “Four In One” is a notorious whirligig of a tune, and Braxton charges breathlessly in. Waldron’s solo complements the leader’s perfectly—where Braxton further scrambles the melody, Waldron streamlines it, a masterful Monk interpreter getting right to the heart of the song

Reviewer: Joe Petrucelli

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