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  Free jazz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Free jazz is a movement of jazz music characterized by diminished dependence on formal constraints.
Free jazz uses jazz idioms but generally considerably less compositional material than in most earlier styles — improvisation is essential, and whereas in earlier styles of jazz the improvised solos were always built according to a template provided by composed material (chord changes and melody), in free jazz the performers often range much more widely.
Free jazz normally retains a general pulsation and often swings but without regular metre, and often with frequent accelerando and ritardando, giving an impression of the rhythm moving in waves.
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 Jazz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
At the root of jazz is the blues, the folk music of former enslaved Africans in the U.S. South and their descendants, heavily influenced by West African cultural and musical traditions, that evolved as fl musicians migrated to the cities.
Free jazz, or avant-garde jazz, is a subgenre that, while rooted in bebop, typically uses less compositional material and allows performers more latitude in what they choose to play.
Free jazz's greatest departure from other styles is in the use of harmony and a regular, swinging tempo: Both are often implied, utilized loosely, or abandoned altogether.
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 A Comparison of Free Jazz to 20th-Century Classical Music
On the contrary, free jazz is an intensely communicative--as opposed to self-absorbed--musical genre in which "the members of a group are forced to listen to each other with intensified concentration"(Jost, 23) and in which meaning is created through interaction and not just merely through individual expression or a group of such self-operating individuals.
Next, the different means of expression in free jazz utilized in the absence of functional tonality will then be considered, followed by an analysis of the new approaches to overall formal structure used to encapsulate these means of expression--which, as is also often true of 20th-century composition, are merely extensions of traditional forms.
Free use of mode mixture as in "India" can also be found in many classical pieces, as for example in Bartók's "Stars, Shine Brightly," which, though in the key of F minor, has many unflattened sonorities that suggest a major quality.
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 Free Jazz and Free Improvisation — www.greenwood.com
The main virtue of this encyclopedia is that it gathers nearly the entire free jazz family under one massive umbrella, and I know that I'll be consulting it on a regular basis.
Description: The free jazz revolution that began in the mid-1950s represented an artistic and sociopolitical response to the economic, racial, and musical climate of jazz and the nation.
Reviled by most critics and jazz fans in its nascence, and still highly misunderstood today, free jazz eventually had a profound influence on subsequent developments in jazz and rock, forever changing the musical landscape.
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 Free Jazz Downloads - Download Free Jazz Music - Download Free Jazz MP3s
Free Jazz, which overlaps with the avant-garde, remains a controversial and mostly underground style, influencing the modern mainstream while often being ignored.
As with Free Jazz, the Avant-Garde came of age in the 1960's and has continued almost unnoticed as a menacing force in the jazz underground, scorned by the mainstream that it influences.
It also fused jazz with itself; that is to say, the band combined elements of jazz history and pre-history -- for instance, music from the sanctified church services, minstrel shows, and bawdy houses of late 19th and early 20th century America -- with a modernist spirit of experimentation.
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 Royalty free Jazz music
Jazz performers improvise within the conventions of their chosen style, usually to the accompaniment of a repeated chord progression.
The birthplace of Jazz music is said to be New Orleans amongst the Black American and Creoles at the turn of the 20th century, between the 1890's and the 1900's, "Ragtime" and the Blues was the new music craze.
By the 1930's Jazz had developed a new musical direction into so called Big Bands, when groups of Jazz musicians played together, and the best developers of this form were Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson and Count Basie, and when singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday were the leading vocalists.
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 Small Jazz History, Jazz Music
Jazz is said to be the fundamental rhythms of human life and man’s contemporary reassessment of his traditional values.
Some of the early sounds of jazz where associated with whore houses and "ladies of ill repute." However, the meaning of jazz soon became a musical art form, whether under composition guidelines or improvisation, jazz reflected spontaneous melodic phrasing.
At the outset, jazz was slow to win acceptance by the general public, not only because of its cultural origin, but also because it tended to suggest loose morals and low social status.
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 Jazz 100 - Free Jazz
While free jazz had been taking shape before this record came out, this is certainly the album that defined the genre.
With this record earlier free jazz that tended to maintain some sense of harmony was starting to give way to truly free avant-garde forms.
Free jazz luminaries Kenny Dorham and Eric Dolphy have no trouble keeping up with the complicated time-signature changes and angular movements of Hill's compositions.
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 Free Jazz Orchestras
And there's, of course, a substantial subset of free jazz performance, which is solo.
Since the beginning of the "free jazz movement" though, there has been a small but corresponding school of improvisers who have attempted to corral the energy of the music and its players into large-scale pieces, performed by large ensembles.
These days, the diminished audience for free jazz (like it was ever huge, even in the '60's) and the lack of available funds, from record companies or arts promoters, have combined to make large-ensemble works, and large ensembles, a comparative rarity.
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 MP3.com - the source for digital music!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-20)
As the genre evolved, the music split into a number of different styles, from the speedy, hard-hitting rhythms of be-bop and the laid-back, mellow harmonies of cool jazz to the jittery, atonal forays of free jazz and the earthy grooves of soul jazz.
Louis Armstrong was the first important soloist to emerge in jazz, and he became the most influential musician in the music's history.
Lester Young was one of the true jazz giants, a tenor saxophonist who came up with a completely different conception in which to play his horn, floating over bar lines with a light tone rather than...
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 Amazon.ca: Free Jazz: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-20)
Free Jazz only furthered Coleman's infamy, with its seamless, seemingly atonal high energy and wholesale lack of a melodic or harmonic center.
Free Jazz is to jazz music as anarchy is to the political continuum: non-applicable.
Jazz still had structure all the way up to the 60s and Coleman rearranged the rules in order to bring about this monster 37 minute jam.
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 Ornette Coleman : Free Jazz (A Collective Improvisation) - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
As jazz's first extended, continuous free improvisation LP, Free Jazz practically defies superlatives in its historical importance.
That means there are still elements of convention and melody in the individual voices, which makes Free Jazz far more accessible than the efforts that followed once more of the jazz world caught up.
Jazz had long prided itself on reflecting American freedom and democracy and, with Free Jazz, Coleman simply took those ideals to the next level.
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 Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts features | Free jazz!
Not only was jazz aiming for freedom; the music itself was a real-time exercise in human liberation, as performers reinvented themselves night after night.
So jazz became the cultural ambassador of the American civil rights movement - a fact that was highly embarrassing for the establishment, already presenting itself as the leader of the "free" and "democratic" world.
Jazz is still established enough to occupy the back quarter of the second floor of every multi-storey record shop.
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 Free Jazz, Ekkehard Jost
Jost studied the music (not the lives) of a selection of musicians - fl jazz artists who pioneered a new form of African American music - to arrive at the most in-depth look so far at the phenomenon of free jazz.
Free jazz is not absolutely free, as Jost is at pains to point out.
He is vice president of the Association of Jazz Musicians in Germany, and president of jazz and new music institutes in Hessen and Darmstadt.
www.jazzscript.co.uk /books/freejost.htm   (369 words)

 Jazz - Epitonic.com: Hi Quality Free and Legal MP3 Music
Though its roots are planted firmly in American soil, jazz has become a thoroughly global phenomenon, recognized as the grandfather of much of the popular music enjoyed throughout the world.
This brilliant, prolific saxophone and trumpet player frenetically blends free jazz and funk, creating a mix of visceral emotion, complicated ideas, Black Power politics, and sheer passion that is sure to stir the mind and body.
The Schlippenbach Quartet was one of the great free jazz ensembles of all time, featuring German pianist and band leader Alexander von Schlippenbach and English free jazz sax great Evan Parker.
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 Free Jazz
Free jazz is one name for the music of Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, and their colleagues and disciples.
The free designation derives from Coleman's decision to offer performances that were not always organized according to preset melody, tempo, or progression of accompaniment chords.
For example, some of John Coltrane's music of the middle 1960s is often classified with "free" jazz, probably because of its collectively improvised turbulence, despite its using preset arrangements of the harmonies guiding the improvisers.
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 Amazon.com: Free Jazz (A Collective Improvisation): Music: Ornette Coleman Double Quartet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-20)
"Free Jazz" is a futuristic version of the early jazz bands, where everyone played solos all the time over a melody that was not played but generally understood.
Jazz legends such as Miles Davis would constantly turn away from Ornette's music, but it is evident in his later recordings that he would borrow elements from Ornette even if he was too hot-headed to admit it himself.
Jazz is one of the few art forms to really emphasise the transience of life...and this is what jazz can be..call it noise or a masterpiece - that is all perception.
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 HyperMusic -- History of Jazz
Jazz represents a merging and melding of many different peoples and their heritages.
Plantation songs, spirituals, and field hollers were a part of everyday life -- to celebrate, to mourn, to entertain, to commemorate, to worship, and to accompany the drudgery of work.
This music of the plantations blended with the European-American musical tradition to create the basis for blues, ragtime, and other musical forms from which jazz evolved.
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 Free jazz
The association between abstract art and free jazz is a long and obvious one, though potentially misleading.
Free jazz, or progressive jazz, is a movement of jazz music characterized by diminished dependence on formal constraints.
While free jazz is most often associated with the era of its birth, many musicians — including Peter Brotzmann, Cecil Taylor, Mars Williams, Ken Vandermark, and William Parker — have kept the style alive to the present day.
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 Free Jazz
To freely improvise a solo within a structural context may have begun with a young Louis Armstrong in the early 20's.
In the fall of 1969 Free Jazz was reaching a kind of nadir/nexus.
FREE JAZZ of course made a strong impression on the more existential-sensitive populace of Japan.
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 Jazz90.1: Member-Supported Jazz Radio In Rochester, New York. Listen LIVE!
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 taran's free jazz hour
The show brings you the opportunity to hear the sounds created by the jazz greats of yore as well as contemporary artists keeping the flame.
Taran's Free Jazz Hour est une émission de free jazz, de jazz avant-garde et de musique créative improvisée.
Jazz e Arredores : Eduardo Chagas's wonderful blog on free jazz.
www.tfjh.blogspot.com   (273 words)

 Verve Music Group - Free America
Taken from the America/Musicdisc catalog, and recorded primarily in Paris between 1969 and 1973, these 15 albums are now reissued for the first time on compact disc, remastered in 24-bits, as a numbered, limited edition.
Essential to the history of free jazz, these rare albums are sought after by collectors and music lovers the world over.
They constitute not only a genuine cultural event but also precious testimony to an epoch of rupture and musical transition, a reflection of the profound social and political upheavals which American musicians came to express in Europe.
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 Play Jazz Guitar - jazz guitar lessons
The members area is filled with free articles, interviews and guitar lessons so head on over, as of now it's absolutely free.
The links and resources section is growing rapidly and if you are a jazz guitarist or have a website that needs some targeted traffic we recommend you trade links with us.
The jazz guitar forum is a hive of activity these days.
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