Clive Davis, recently fired by Columbia Records over a matter of suspiciously missing funds, was looking to get back in the game, parlaying a couple of decrepit labels and a lot of chutzpah into his second act, Arista Records. Anthony Braxton, once the enfant terrible of the AACM, was barely scratching out a living in Paris, not even sure there was a game. Davis figured a jazz line would spruce up his label and hired Steve Backer from Impulse! to put it together. Backer rounded up old catalogs from Savoy (home of Charlie Parker) and new material from Freedom, a French label that found itself awash in avant-gardists who could no longer find American labels. Then he invited Braxton to New York, hyping him as... More >>>