Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton

A saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and philosopher, Braxton
was born onJune 4, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois, where he grew up on that city's South
Side, the middle of five children. Musically, he came of age in the l960s as an early
member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a Chicago-based
group of forward-thinking Jazz musicians that included saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, and Henry
Threadgill
, trumpeter Leo Smith, drummers Phillip
Wilson and Famoudou Don Moye, bassist Malachi
Favors
, and many others led by the pianist-composer
Muhal Richard Abrams. Braxton's 1968 album, For Alto, was the first and most influential
solo saxophone recording to stem from the AACM of that era and may just be the most
significant effort of its kind.

Throughout his career, Braxton has built upon a Jazz foundation to create a body
of work that transcends classification. He's written for virtually every combination
of instruments imaginable, from solo piano to grand opera, and recorded an incredible
amount of music, collaborating with players ranging from the free Jazz violinist
Leroy Jenkins to bebop pianist Hank Jones. Braxton's a musical scientist
who, in his ongoing quest for knowledge and self-expression, rejects no piece of
information, musical or other, that might help him realize his creative and philosophical
vision.

From Better Worlds, by Chris Kelesey, Jazz Now Interactive, Vol. 5