Bob Burnett: Composer, multi-instrumentalist and musical game-changer Anthony Braxton turned 65 this week. The event was celebrated in New York City on the stage of Le Poisson Rouge by cohorts and admirers. NPR has graciously posted a write up as well as two sets from the concert. I'm posting the set that brought together a surprise visit by Anthony Braxton with Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser and Marilyn Crispell. This group made up what I consider one of the most formidable quartets in contemporary music. They played/recorded extensively in the '80s and were the subject of Graham Lock's book Forces in Motion (highly recommended...I attached a link)
I was fortunate to discover Braxton in about 1978 thanks to the Arista Freedom series of releases. My enthusiasm for his work only increases and grows deeper with time. Happy listening--this is a great moment.
Bob Burnett: Kim starts the summer season with a velvety mix; lots of texture, layer and float that brings to me thoughts of slow motion Good Humor trucks, the sun melting clouds, thunder storms and that oh so heavenly softness of the evening air brought to you thanks to Kim's sense of melody, pop hooks, chord progressions and admirable knowledge of all things real.