The Renaissance of Marilyn Crispell

Source: Downbeat.

In 1985, writer Graham Lock joined saxophonist Anthony Braxton and his band on a tour of England, making stops in London, Birmingham and Coventry. The ensemble at that time—and for nearly a decade afterward—included pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Gerry Hemingway. The gigs would yield several live recordings, as well as Lock’s book Forces In Motion, which served up a compulsively readable portrait of all four, not just as brilliant musicians, but as friends on a collective adventure.