Anthony Braxton swims against the tide

Anthony Braxton

From the Guardian as part of their 50 great moments in jazz series:

One of the most implacable and prolific of jazz contrarians has been Anthony Braxton, a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Chicago. Braxton, a master of most instruments in the saxophone and clarinet families, has followed no advice as to whose face fits as a jazz influence – he cites John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy as inspirations for a performer maturing in the 60s free-jazz era, but also such restrained “cool school” players as Dave Brubeck‘s Paul Desmond, and 20th-century compositional iconoclasts Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage.

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