Anthony Braxton – For Alto

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For Alto is a jazz double-LP by composer/multi-reedist Anthony Braxton, recorded in 1969 and released on Delmark Records in 1971. Braxton performs the pieces on this album entirely on alto saxophone, with no additional musicians, instrumentation or overdubbing. Although other jazz musicians, such as Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, and Eric Dolphy, had recorded unaccompanied saxophone solos, For Alto was the first jazz album composed solely of solo saxophone music (Wikipedia).

The AllMusic review by Thom Jurek stated: “For Alto is one of the greatest solo saxophone records ever made, and maybe one of the greatest recordings ever issued, period”.



Track listing:
All tracks are written by Anthony Braxton

Side one
1. “Dedicated to Multi-Instrumentalist Jack Gell” 0:42
2. “To Composer John Cage” 9:30
3. “To Artist Murry DePillars” 4:17
4. “To Pianist Cecil Taylor” 5:18
Total length: 19:47
Side two
1. “Dedicated to Ann and Peter Allen” 12:54
Total length: 12:54
Side three
1. “Dedicated to Susan Axelrod” 10:24
2. “To My Friend Kenny McKenny” 10:06
Total length: 20:30
Side four
1. “Dedicated to Multi-Instrumentalist Leroy Jenkins” 19:47
Total length: 19:47


Released: 1971
Recorded: 1969
Length: 72:58
Label: Delmark Records