From The Village Voice, a list of one writers top ten. Ironically, altohugh I’ve heard hundreds of free jazz albums, I only have heard 5 on this list. In other words, the writer goes off the beaten path, which is rarely a bad thing to do.
Free jazz is challenging, violent, political, spiritual, joyous, peaceful, and a million other things. It’s about shattering forms in order to find a new world of sound somewhere further outside. And once this new world is found, it’s time to go looking for a newer one.
When, as a college student, I first purchased Ornette Coleman‘s landmark album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, the record store clerk mumbled to me, “I didn’t make it all the way through this album the first time I put it on.” Ignoring his advice, I went home and listened to it all the way through. Many times. I loved it. I went looking for more. These are 10 of the albums I found. It should go without saying that this list is meant, not as a dead-end, but as a pathway that leads to the listening of many, many more fantastic free jazz albums.
Feel free to list your top 10 in the comments below.
On Thursday, December 13th, the collective quartet Grass Roots, featuring alto saxophonist Darius Jones, baritone saxophonist Alex Harding, bassist Sean Conly and drummer Chad Taylor, will celebrate the release of its self-titled debut recording on AUM Fidelity with a two-set performance at Barbès in Brooklyn.
On Saturday, November 24, MOON BROTHERS (Matt Schneider – solo pedal steel) and PREISSING/MAUNU/WILDEMAN (Christopher Preissing – flute, Peter Maunu – guitar, Albert Wildeman – bass) will play at Chicago’s Heaven Gallery, 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd fl.
Dalston Sound reviews a chunk of the London Jazz Festival, headlined by Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet.
On Saturday, December 29th at 7:30 p.m., pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto, and her longstanding working trio featuring bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, will record a new live album in the high-end piano showroom at Klavierhaus in New York.
From San Diego’s Fresh Sound Music Series:
Friday, Nov. 30th 8pm
Michael Dessen Trio
Michael Dessen, trombone
Dan Weiss, drums
Chris Tordini, Bass.
Featuring Michael Dessen on trombone and live electronics along with renowned NYC-based musicians Chris Tordini (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums), this unique ensemble blends polyrhythmic flow and intricate compositions with adventurous improvisation and spacious soundscapes. For this concert, the trio will premiere a new work, Resonating Abstractions, that was commissioned by Chamber Music America’s “New Jazz Works” program, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Resonating Abstractions is based on work by seven contemporary visual artists as well as on broader questions surrounding the nature and practice of abstraction.
Monday, Dec. 17th 8 pm
Violin and electronics (New York)
Selections from his acclaimed debut-album Outerborough along with improvisations and works in process.
Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music’. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds’ music has been called “a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix” (Strings Magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from classical music to Jazz to Rock‘n’Roll seem to redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined. He has just released his double CD set, Outerborough on Innova Recordings, featuring InSide, a collection of his own music, paired with OutSide, music written by a veritable who’s who of contemporary composers.
From DC’s Lost Civilizations:
On November 20, our monthly residency continues at Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant at 2210 14th St NW, Washington, DC, beginning at 8. Virtuoso drummer Dominic Fragman will be performing a solo set, as will Sansyou’s David Nicholas.
On November 24, we perform at a Sonic Circuits benefit at and for the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, which has generously hosted more Sonic Circuits performances than I can keep track of. The bill will include tangent of safety, Borborites, TL0741, fast forty and N-Body Convergence. There will also be films curated by Chris Lynn.
Our most recent (our third!) release on Massimo Croce’s leading-edge Ozky e-sound netlabel (Italy)(http://archive.org/details/ozkye-sound-netlabel), “Live at Audiofest 2012” is posted for free download at http://bitly.com/SvGGay. The support by Sig. Croce, one of Italy’s preeminent experimental musicians, has enabled us to reach a global audience; he has also honored me with a solo release “T. A. Zook Basscello” (http://bit.ly/SJZMY3)
Finally, a nice review and some video of a recent performance are posted at http://bit.ly/Orw7oC (audio for the full performance is posted at http://bit.ly/UNH562).
Our full schedule and many hours of free downloads (the latter are listed below the asterisks) are posted at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/8852179