Point of Departure 45 is Out

From Point of Departure:

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

The Weapon – Berlin’s À l’Arme Festival: text + photographs by Gérard Rouy

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Long March – an interview with Max Roach: by Marc Chénard

Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Samuel Blaser

Anthony Braxton Retires From Teaching

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Wesleying:

In a chilly, crowded rehearsal hall on December 3, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Anthony Braxton ended his last class of the semester, as he has for many years, discussing Ornette Coleman and the politics of being alive. But this was his last class session for undergraduates here at Wes–and after over 40 years of teaching, he’s ready to go…The recently named National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master is looking forward to an active retirement full of new works, remastering old works, and contrabass martinis.

Interview with James Grigsby (Motor Totemist Guild, U Totem, Nimby)


I have numerous live recordings of U Totem that have never been released and I would like to compile the best into a set for commercial release. I’d also love to remix the U Totem albums. I still have the multitrack analog masters and I know they would sound amazing with the aid of modern digital techniques. Of course I am still in contact with Kerman, so if the opportunity arises for a new U Totem project, we would welcome it.