Anthony Braxton at Cafe Oto Reviewed

Source: Financial Times.

Saxophonist and composer Anthony Braxton has balanced abstraction and fire with scientific rigour for more than 50 years. His first own-name album, 3 Compositions of New Jazz, released in 1968, opens with “(840m)-Realize-44M-44M” and continues with “N-M488-44M-Z”; the third piece, by the earthy trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, is simply called “The Bell”.

Titles that resemble WiFi passwords, with music to match, have featured in his extensive discography ever since. But the saxophonist periodically visits the standards and songbook covers that first attracted him to jazz. This packed and steamy gig, the first of a three-night residency, featured the American with a fiery UK rhythm section, brimming with confidence midway through a short European tour.