Book on German Free Jazz Reviewed

Source: London Jazz News.

Author Harald Kisiedu is a music historian and lecturer at the Institute of Music in Osnabrück, part of the University of Applied Sciences. He is also a saxophonist, improviser and recording artist. In this excellent survey of the German free jazz scene from 1950 to 1975, based on his doctoral thesis at New York’s Columbia University, he discusses a similar theme in the discourse of jazz, the reference to the growth of the German free jazz scene as ‘emancipation’, by which is meant the breaking away from and rejection of American jazz traditions by players in Germany.