Source: Medium. A primer on
free jazz with a focus on two of its greatest.
Composer/players like Shepp, Pharaoh Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler created solos and improvisations that could evoke devastating pain or ethereal beauty, often within the same freewheeling piece. Undoubtedly free jazz was a tense, iconoclastic music full of angular contradictions with no quarter given to listeners seeking the sonorous classic jazz sounds of just a few years earlier.