Monday, 6/6/11

by musicclipoftheday

sui generis, adj. A person or thing that is unique, in a class by itself. E.g., Anthony Braxton, composer, reed player, professor, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, one-time professional chess hustler.

Happy (Belated 66th) Birthday, Anthony!
(born June 4, 1945)

Anthony Braxton with his 12+1tet, Ghost Trance Music
New York (Iridium), 2008

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

I wanted to live. I wanted to be alive. This experience goes by very quickly. Part of the radiance of a moment, in my opinion, involves that which we call music.

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Suddenly, Coltrane solos become the “it” of music, when in fact, the records and the notated solos are the sonic footprints, the bone structure of what actually happened in the music.

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I wanted a system that would be equal to the dynamics of curiosity. I wanted to have a music where I could have some fun.

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There is the wonderful discipline of music and the ability of music to keep on opening up fresh prospects. I must say, what a discipline!

—Anthony Braxton