[JPL] Ornette - the truth can finally be told

Michael Edwards bluriter at yahoo.com
Wed May 2 09:56:15 EDT 2007

Let's not forget Joe Harriott, who actually used the
term Free Form to describe his own Eastern-influenced
--- Lazaro Vega <wblv.wblu.fm at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Yes, Rev., postmodernism is not a label I use
> regularly or
> particularly celebrate yet it seemed the apt word
> for what you were
> describing.
> The term "free jazz" as applied to Ornette's
> recording of the same
> name was not his idea but Atlantic Record's (I
> believe that's in
> Litweiler). Free Form seems more accurate in that in
> improvised
> performance there is no predetermined form. Though,
> as Phillip points
> out, form happens.
> One of the great musicians living today who's worked
> hard and made
> innovations in reconciling the wild abandon of
> freely improvised music
> with composition is Roscoe Mitchell. Though the
> balance between
> composition and improvisation is one of the great
> threads tying
> together the music's evolution.
> Cecil, Ornette and Braxton are widely celebrated,
> recorded and written
> about today, though their contribution as pioneering
> musicians is not
> resonating within the jazz education movement
> (though neither is the
> music of King Oliver, for that matter) on a level
> equal to their
> contributions.
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