Anthony Braxton

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About Anthony Braxton

Prolific multi-reedist/composer Anthony Braxton is among the most influential jazz artists to emerge from the 20th century. Beginning with jazz's essential rhythmic and textural elements, Braxton combines them with experimental compositional techniques, from graphic and non-specific notation to serialism to multimedia, electronic, and prodigious use of improvisation. Largely considered a genius, his self-invented, heavily theoretical approach to playing and composing jazz has as much in common with late 20th century classical music as it does jazz, and therefore has alienated some who consider jazz a full remove from European idioms. Whatever one calls his music, there is no questioning the originality of his vision; Braxton has created music of enormous sophistication and passion that is unlike anything else that has come before it.

Chicago, IL, United States of America
June 4, 1945