Sunday, 21 October 2012

Free Jazz

 Free Jazz is an approach to jazz music that was first developed in the 1950s and 1960s. Free Jazz musicians attempted to alter, extend or break down the conventions of jazz, often by discarding invariable features of jazz, such as fixed chord changes or tempos.

The mid 50s recordings of Ornette Coleman and the first two albums by Cecil Taylor mark the beginnings of Free Jazz. The movement received its biggest impetus when Coleman moved from the West Coast to New York and was signed to Atlantic records. In 1960 he released a recording titled  Free Jazz: A Collective improvisation.

The movement now had a name.


' Jazz is not just a kind of music - the primary African-American artform - but a way of thinking and doing ( based on improvisation, syncopation, timing, rhythm and beat.) Surfers and travellers can be jazz players without ever liking or knowing jazz, where they have that jazz feel that takes them away from the straight line and the standard moves.'         Sam Bleakley.

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