Tuesday, December 21, 2010

free jazz

Ornette Coleman recorded an album length collective jazz improvisation that gave Free Jazz its name. They embraced the aesthetic of Jackson Pollack, whose painting is featured on the album sleeve; and the loose structure allows the solos to dance and interweave like the colors on the canvas. It may not have been the first or the free-ist; this set was revolutionary at the time. The double quartets (one in each stereo channel) play simultaneously and rather harmoniously considering how crazy Free Jazz would get. This was not so much an avant-garde experiment as it was an attempt to return to the primitive experience of pure invention.

full album:


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