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Offline XB-70 Valkyrie

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Free jazz
« on: May 19, 2008, 06:44:22 PM »
I have been a huge fan of Sun Ra and John Coltrane for many years, but recently I have been listening to a lot more of this genre, especially from two radio shows originating from California: RISE with Mark Maxwell on KPFK (Los Angeles), which airs from 11pm Sunday - 2am Monday morning, and ALL OUT with Greg Bridges on KCSM (San Francisco) from 10pm Thursday - 2am Friday. These two shows have introduced me to a lot of other musicians in this league such as Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams, Alice Coltrane, et al. I am finding this music increasingly interesting and compelling, not only because of its exotic dissonances, rhythms, but its flirting with sheer chaos and the unexpected beauty that can arise from this. This music is very passionate and beautiful IMO.

What are your favorite albums/CDs in this genre? I'm also looking for a book on this subject, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Offline Josquin des Prez

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Re: Free jazz
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2008, 07:08:05 PM »
sheer chaos and the unexpected beauty that can arise from this.

There is no beauty in chaos, only catharsis. Well, except for Coltrane perhaps.

Offline XB-70 Valkyrie

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Re: Free jazz
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2008, 07:32:11 PM »
orly?
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Re: Free jazz
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008, 09:00:39 AM »
John Coltrane-Ascension

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Re: Free jazz
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008, 09:11:18 AM »
Would recommend Albert Ayler Live at Greenwich and particularly the Art Institute of Chicago - Reese and the Smooth Ones, Fanfare for the Warriors, Chi Congo


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Re: Free jazz
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008, 08:27:15 PM »
This is a great one. Don Cherry on cornet and Pharoah Sanders on sax (one of two), each spitting out nuggets of gold atop a scorching rhythm section.

Contains only two tracks, each lasting over 19 minutes, septet. The title of the disc pretty much sums up the concept.

And.....wait 'till you hear the free vibes in this colorful context!

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Veit Bach-a baker who found his greatest pleasure in a little cittern which he took with him even into the mill and played while the grinding was going on. In this way he had a chance to have the rhythm drilled into him. And this was the beginning of a musical inclination in his descendants. JS Bach