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Compositions 175 & 126 (for Four Vocalists and Constructed Environment)

Ah Hum

Mark White & Richard Iles: trumpet
Chris Bridges: trombone
Robin Hayward: tuba
Iain Dixon, Jim Hunt & Andy Schofield: reeds
Susanna Gibbon & Steve Wilkie: violin
Sara Swain: viola
Andrew Wardle: cello
Jackie Perkins, Lesley Davies, Paul Phoenix & Paul McNamara: voice
Phillippa Tunnell: harp
Mike Walker: guitar
Roy Powell: keyboards
Nikki Iles: piano
Gary Culshaw: bass
Eryl Roberts: drums
Liz Gulliver: tuned percussion
Anthony Braxton: conductor
Nick Purnell: artistic director.

Recorded in 1994 by the 23-piece Creative Jazz Orchestra, Anthony Braxton considers these two compositions to be one of his most important works. They might be called Anthony Braxton’s operas and twenty-page booklet gives full librettos of both. Although the orchestra in question is called Creative Jazz Orchestra the music is much closer to classical/academic avant-guard than to jazz. The scope of Braxton’s vision is really amazing, and this double CD is absolutely necessary addition to the collections of Braxton’s devotees.

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