You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers. Composers & Works. The term “free jazz”—coined in from an Ornette Coleman recording to of Ekkehard Jost’s Austrian publication of Free Jazz. Jost, a. Ekkehard Jost ‘Free Jazz’, discographical Notes. Author: CosmikDebris.

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Free Jazz by Ekkehard Jost

The use of process, a prevalent practice of 20th-century classical composition, is also a formal innovation in a lot of free jazz. Cecil Taylor had started using drummers in who developed “urgent, dynamic chains of impulses But apart from that, the harmonies on which the blues are usually based are often ignored and replaced by modal levels or tonal centres” Jost Collective improvisations are similarly constructed of several autonomous lines in Coltrane’s Ascension and in Coleman’s Free Jazz ; even though these lines are interacting and are based primarily on each other recall: Everything that the traditional jazz musician has practiced years to accomplish and prides himself on, afterall—improvising over chord changes and crafting harmonic complexity, etc.

I had repeatedly contact with Ekkehard Jost over the last 15 years.

Folksongs also inspired Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler: Tuesday, March 28, Ekkehard Jost – Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Just as classical music began adding complexity to its functional relationships, however, by delaying the arrival at harmonic goals through increased usage of secondary dominants and deceptive cadences and by replacing traditional chords with new voicings such as the augmented sixth chord, so too in jazz one encounters a trend of increasing harmonic complexity, especially since the s with the advent of bebop and hard bop.

On the records discussed here ‘pieces’ are usually the work of the sound engineer, who intervenes in a continuously evolving process of musical creation” Jost A similar sense of static motion can be found in Coleman’s Free Jazzeven though the players interact through motivic chain associations, since “only rarely do emotional climaxes occur, and there is hardly any differentiation of expression”: 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.

Thus “energy,” rather than motives, creates the forward motion, and this is achieved in Taylor’s music through a combination of timbric variation and swells in dynamic, forming oscillations through registral motion, harmonic density, and increased loudness.


Aug 21, Djll rated it liked it Shelves: Like Coltrane, Albert Ayler also uses a disguised implementation of the call-and-response mechanism, which he achieves, instead, through his unique method of dynamic differentiation.

Thanks to Ekkehard Jost and his invaluable work for example I finally understood the importance of Don Cherry in the definition of the Coleman quartet and of th New Thing affair R.

Such use of polyphony, or “layered texture,” creates, as Jost describes above, a general mood which is disjunct in character. Cecil Taylor later progressed from “harmonic density,” also, to the use of clusters: Too much modern jazz has become thick with chords” Jost This item doesn’t belong on this page. Such a conscious “abdication of conscious control” is likewise the strategy of John Cage in his “Freeman Etudes,” which uses the arbitrary pattern of star charts for the material of its musical content in an attempt to remove the composer from the very process of composition itself and to objectify the composer’s position with relation to his music.

A good example of playing against the beat can also be found in Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite,” which likewise obscures the barline divisions by playing off-beat and employing notes that are tied over from one measure to the next see Figure 15 below. Schoenberg’s “Prelude III” is similarly “through composed,” continually varying in content and ending differently from how it began. No ratings or reviews yet.

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In reading Jost’s Free Jazz I found that pioneers of free jazz made such innovations especially in the following categories: Whether the similarities between the two genres are consequences of each other or not, however, a comparison between them does seem to suggest itself rather loudly.

The chords—which may be clusters hit with the left fist—do not act as a harmonic-rhythmic accompaniment to the melody as in traditional piano playing [ i. Thus a “school” of free jazz musicians was founded—the “energy-sound players” Jost 71 —which focused primarily on timbre as a parameter for musical expression. Another new process introduced to free jazz, similar to Cherry’s process of gradual evolution, is that of continuous variation, or “A-through-Z composed” music.

I found major mistakes in his modal analysis of ‘Flamenco Sketches’ — that didn’t exactly boost my confidence in Jost’s appearing to know what he was talking about. This construction of phrases through fragments is well exemplified in 20 th -century classical music by Webern’s “Sechs Bagatellen” in which musical flow is also broken up into several isolated rhythmic identities, and dynamic markings as well as articulation and register are highly variable from one fragment to the next in each of the four voices: Roscoe Mitchell alone, for example, of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, plays soprano, alto and bass saxophone, clarinet, flute, cymbals, gongs, conga drums, steel drum, logs, bells, siren, and whistles Jost !


Imperdibile per gli appassionati. Albums of the Year – He also kicked the romantic stilts out from under some of my more fanciful imaginings about Coltrane, Ornette, the AACM, and especially Sun Ra, and he did so eloquently and inoffensively. Examples of motivic chain association in Coleman’s playing are presented and explained in Figure 5. Abel Ashes rated it it was amazing Dec 11, Qualities of folk music are also present in 20th-century classical music as in that of Ligeti, in his use of Hungarian scales in his “Piano Concerto,” and in the use of folkloric motifs in his “Violin Concerto,” which employs stylized descending motifs of Hungarian music representing grief.

Filling traditional forms with new content is also a common practice of 20th-century classical music. These ‘dialogues’—an ingredient, incidentally, of Cecil Taylor’s piano playing and later often used by Archie Shepp—hark back to one of the most traditional elements of jazz, however new and strange it may appear in Coltrane’s music. Figure 1 gives a ekekhard portrayal of how the original harmonic foundations of the blues, for example, have become increasingly complex through jzzz devices.

That is, the denatured sound is not to be comprehended as an isolated kazz sufficient unto itself; in general, it stands in a dialectical relationship to the music around it” Jost That awareness led to the exploration of the new old rhythms, melodies and timbres” Jost Lastly, the use of parody—evoking associations with already existent material—is a common practice to free jazz and to 20th-century classical music.

Ekkehard Jost: Free Jazz

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As well as to its wide variability, a significant factor responsible for the misunderstanding surrounding free jazz, I think, lies in people’s misinterpretation of “free.

The role of time consists only of its passing” Jost Complexity in classical music would eventually reach a point where it began extending the boundaries of its tonal language, as in Wagner’s “Tristan,” which delays resolution in the piece to an extent that no clear tonic is ever established, paving the way for gradual developments in the direction of atonality and the tone system.

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