Max Roach & Anthony Braxton – One in Two, Two in One (1979)
Track Listing:
1. One in Two Two in One, Pt. 1
2. One in Two Two in One, Pt. 2

Review by Scott Yanow at Allmusic:
The second of two duet albums by drummer Max Roach and multi-reedist Anthony Braxton was recorded live and released on this two-LP set; this is the more interesting of the two projects since it is a nearly 78-minute continual improvisation. Braxton gets to stretch out on alto, soprano, sopranino, contra bass clarinet (which really gets a monstrous sound), clarinet, and flute. With Roach pushing Braxton, the results are quite adventurous, yet full of joy. Followers of avant-garde jazz can consider this set to be essential.

Dewey Redman & Ed Blackwell – In Willisau (1980)
Track Listing:
1. Willisee
2. We Hope
3. F I
4. Communication
5. S 126 T

Review by Scott Yanow at Allmusic:
Review Tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman and drummer Ed Blackwell had first met up in the late '60s in Ornette Coleman's band and later on as half of Old And New Dreams. This set of live duets from the Willisau '80 Jazz Festival succeeds due to Redman's huge sound, Blackwell's colorful rhythms, and the close interplay between the two. Redman's musette playing on "We Hope" is an acquired taste, but otherwise, his tenor playing is heard in top form on his originals, particularly "Communication" and "Willisee," which clock in at just over 14 minutes apiece. Although some listeners will miss the usual chordal instruments (and particularly the bass), this combination works.


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