By some people. To whom before any argument breaks out I would refer to Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman.The view of 'Free Jazz' has always been "When music becomes noise"
In my opinion Joe Harriott is criminally neglected, undervalued and underrated. Sometime ago UK company Proper Records Ltd. put out 4 album compilation box set called "The Joe Harriott Story" which covers Joe's playing from the early 1950s to the late 1960s. Essential listening for any budding alto players and any long time alto players who haven't heard of this great player. Joe had a great tone and play any genres within the jazz idiom. When I first heard Joe Harriott's playing I said to myself "Why haven't I heard of this guy before?".OK, the "tune" is one I posted here:
Not one person posted on “Beautiful Things”, not even the host which was a shame. I have been playing for four years now and I do like to download the backing tracks and dots for the tunes that I really like or am familiar with because I enjoy the challenge of learning them. I have had a few...cafesaxophone.com
Sort of free jazz and I was very surprised when Nigeld suggested we Make it SOTM
The track is one I produced for TV production music, and is not what I'd call legit free jazz - but this may be a bit of fun. (Obviously the title is a bit tongue in cheek)
There is no key, no real melody (as the track itself is all improvised on the spot, but Nigeld has done a great job of transcribing. I was not 100% serious when I mentioned transcribing but he made a great effort here and deserves a big round of applause for taking it on. But I did suggest he didn't do the whole thing and this advice may have helped him keep his sanity. So the PDFs do have the initial bit of the alto impro in Eb and Bb for those who feel they want to play that. Personally, I would not be able to.
So you can basically play whatever you like. Freedom! Rights notes wrong notes the distinction is blurred.
The track itself you will notice has some trumpet and trombone, I am providing two backing tracks - one with those so you can maybe "play off" what they are doing and also a backing track that is just bass drums and piano. Purists would say this
I have never lost my love of genres associated with free jazz and the great players Ornette Coleman, Joe Harriot etc. My formative playing I was involved in free workshops with Maggie Nichols and John Stevens, doing gigs with Derek Bailey, Charles Hayward, Paul Lytton and Pat Evans.
Backing tracks attached
You could post this in the BOTM thread too.Take One
Possibly my last one, too.
Actually- thinking back this was hugely influenced by the fact I'd been listening to Neil Young playing a massively feedback drenched version of Like a Hurricane in the van earlier that day..