Saturday, September 26, 2009

Middletown Notes

Saturday afternoon in Middletown, Connecticut. I am here (and have been here) for a four-day interview session with the great composer, idea-man and instrumentalist Anthony Braxton. It's been fascinating entering his world for this spell, especially as my musical education began with, took a break from, and is now returning to his work.

Being in the midst of it, there's not much room for reflection. Suffice it to say, however, that this will be an important and far-reaching text, some of which will be available through the All About Jazz website. I hope that, as with Bill Dixon, it is also the beginning of a special relationship.

Below is a video from Hamburg, 1981 with Braxton, Ray Anderson (trombone), Hugh Ragin (trumpet), and Marilyn Crispell (piano).

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