The Book Cooks
Excerpts from
Time and Anthony Braxton

by Stuart Broomer
(The Mercury Press; Toronto)

1) There’s a useful discussion in Graham Lock’s Blutopia, in which Lock approaches Braxton’s sense of swing and summarizes the discussion of the stutter, from the dismissive (Leonard Feather and Gary Giddins) to the insightful Nathaniel Mackey, for whom it’s a distinctive sign in Black discourse an impediment, “a critique and a partial rejection of an available but biased coherence.” Blutopia: Visions of the Future and Revisions of the Past in the Work of Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and Anthony Braxton (Durham: Duke University Press, 1999), 149-153.  

2) The novelist-philosopher Wyndham Lewis, author of The Apes of God (London: Grayson & Grayson, 1931) and Time and Western Man (Chatto & Windus: London, 1927), was much preoccupied with the emphasis on time in modernist thought. He occasionally inflicted characters with a stutter as a sign of being stuck in time.

3) Francis Fukuyama. The End of History and the Last Man (New York: Free Press, 1992). Fukuyama discusses the exclusion of young blacks from the cultural triumph of liberal democracy, p.291-2.

4) Hear It Ain’t Necessarily So from The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark (B2-57194B) or Joshua Fit De Battle ob Jericho from Green’s record of gospel material, Feelin’ the Spirit (Blue Note BST 84132).

5) Composition No. 247 was recorded in Middletown, Connecticut May 15, 2000. It’s available on Leo Records CD LR 306. Some of the details of the bagpipe mentioned here are derived from James Fei’s excellent liner essay.

6) (The improvisatory group Contest of Pleasures, a European wind trio made up of saxophonist John Butcher, clarinetist Xavier Charles and trumpeter Axel Dörner are masters in the use of these phantom presences(Potlatch P201).

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