Taylor Ho Bynum on Anthony Braxton
Discussing the work of Anthony Braxton in the Sound American Journal:
The other morning I took a walk in my neighborhood, as I do several times a week. At the end of a dead end street a few blocks from my home, I noticed, for the first time, a path leading into the woods. I took that path, and quickly found myself somewhere I’d never been before, and could not have imagined existing so close to familiar surroundings. Deep trees, abandoned stone foundations, wild blackberry bushes, rickety wooden bridges over muddy brooks. I felt like a protagonist in a children’s fantasy novel – finding a portal to the unexpected, full of secrets and surprise, discovery and adventure. It was a feeling I recognized from playing Anthony Braxton’s music.