This was a smart booking by Colston Hall, giving us Anthony Braxton’s first UK appearance with his own group for ten years. A bold one too, perhaps, when it transpired that the only show here on a brief tour of Europe was in a provincial city, and not the largest.
Any risks taken were richly rewarded, with a near full-house in the smaller of Colston’s two spaces hearing two unbroken sets of deeply absorbing music. This was Braxton’s Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet, on this date featuring Mary Halvorson on guitar, Taylor Ho Bynum on assorted trumpets, and James Fei on reeds.
For another review of the same concert, look here.