Report from Victoriaville
The fact this encounter took place reaffirms my own sense that jazz-based improvisation (OK, Braxton himself has always disavowed "jazz" as a term) belongs with everything that tumbles out of punk, metal, and noise. People involved in this just have to pursue it with as much conviction as they can muster, trust the places it goes, and try to stay clear of their indigenous conventions.
The review also gives a positive mention to the No Neck Blues Band. It's nice to see after the strong show they put on in Nashville. From what I've heard, their shows can be very uneven, which I believe is a function of the level of risks they take. Reports of other good shows encourage me that my faith is not misplaced.