Ugly Beauty’s Month In Jazz 

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The first, Anthony Braxton’s GTM (Syntax) 2017, is one of those things that’s gonna be a hard slog even for existing fans. It’s a collection of a dozen hour-long works — so yes, each disc is a single track — featuring a group of 12 vocalists, and no instrumentalists. The pieces are virtuosic displays of compositional, organizational, and vocal talent; the singers do all sorts of things, from chanting sequences of numbers to reciting strings of seemingly disconnected words chosen strictly for their phonic beauty to cooing and whooping along.