Braxton also joined his former quartetmates: pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Gerry Hemingway. A renowned ensemble, this was the moment everyone had been waiting for. Unannounced, Braxton strode up to the stage, entering the flow during one of the group's dexterous shifts between compositions. With Crispell playing arched chords, her face hidden by a curtain of hair, Dresser bouncing his right hand off the strings with a modified karate chop and Hemingway laying down a crisp beat, Braxton dove into the fray with quick patter and swam through the texture with strong and lean tenor tones.
NPR is currently streaming both that set and his performance with the Anthony Braxton 12+2tet. Check it out over here.