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Track of the day: Old Friends by the Anthony Braxton Standards Quartet

Inevitably it's back to Anthony Braxton and another track from the Braxton/Hawkins/Charles/Dakiz Davis box set, Paul Simon's 'Old Friends' in this case. Inevitably because what we have heard so far keeps us drifting back and more tunes are now …

Published: 10 Jun 2021. Updated: 14 days.

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Inevitably it's back to Anthony Braxton and another track from the Braxton/Hawkins/Charles/Dakiz Davis box set, Paul Simon's 'Old Friends' in this case. Inevitably because what we have heard so far keeps us drifting back and more tunes are now streaming in all beauty. It's moving hearing 'Old Friends'. Let's leave it at that, the highest. Makes you want to just sit and think hearing the track. We'll go back to the source and listen to Simon and Garfunkel as well.

On this new version Hawkins is pointillist so when as here you can jump the species from music to painting which is always an aspiration and rare and be, without being fanciful, like Seurat if the piece were a painting maybe, then there is a certain magic to cling on to as a parallel imagining as Braxton inflates the tear to be Rahsaan almost against the harmony and journeying beyond. Quartet Standards (2020) a 13-CD epic is to be released next week by New Braxton House Records. Ring the date in your diary.

More: the Peggy track

Background: from 2019

Dakiz: on touring with AB

Anthony Braxton photo: Peter Gannushkin

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Break-up songs from Madi Diaz resonate so very deeply

What used to hurt doesn’t hurt any more/What used to work doesn’t work any more. Occasionally we put up material on marlbank from other genres that we really like and here's the latest: a track from singer-songwriter Madi Diaz and the album History …

Published: 10 Jun 2021. Updated: 14 days.

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What used to hurt doesn’t hurt any more/What used to work doesn’t work any more. Occasionally we put up material on marlbank from other genres that we really like and here's the latest: a track from singer-songwriter Madi Diaz and the album History of A Feeling to be released in August. All these break-up tracks available so far on the same US label Anti as Alfa Mist's formidable latest record Bring Backs are frankly superb and lyrically strong eg 'Man In Me', 'New Person, Old Place' 'Nervous' and 'Woman In My Heart'. 'New Person Old Place' is the one we like most and the one we think perhaps could be covered best of all by an improviser especially one adept at Friselliana or in the Luftian domain. Link to the History of a Feeling tracks