The Complete Arista Recordings of Anthony Braxton (Liner Notes)


In 1974, Anthony Braxton was considered a radical among radicals. This was true not least for his distinctive embrace of post-war European avant-garde composition, then assumed to be particularly uncongenial to the average listener's taste. Mike Heffley's liner notes to Braxton's Arista recordings explain how Braxton nevertheless signed on to a label whose roster included what were then jazz's hottest properties and became "the man of jazz' hour." Heffley also remarks on his own personal and political inspiration from Braxton and provides extensive notes on the individual tracks of the Mosaic re-release of the Arista recordings (Mosaic Records #242).