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Old 01-25-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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Free Jazz Composing

I've been listening to Ornette Coleman a lot recently and the idea of trying something similar either with a group or in a duo is intriguing. Does anyone have of any articles/insight into how free jazz improvisations are organised/written? If not, hey ho, I'll watch the snow.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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I don't think one really, 'composes' free jazz. That's actually kind of counter-intuitive, because the point of free jazz is to simply play what you want free of any structure.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:03 PM   #3
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I don't think one really, 'composes' free jazz. That's actually kind of counter-intuitive, because the point of free jazz is to simply play what you want free of any structure.


Well I read in some reviews that he would write melody sections in between the improvisations sometimes just so that it wasn't total chaos.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:29 PM   #4
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:52 PM   #5
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There a many ways people can write free jazz, one way is to write up a framework for the piece, then play off each other by listening and responding while following the framework provided.
You might also like to explore free improvisation, although it is different from free jazz. Both of them are quite similar, but also distinctly different. Have a listen to Coltrane's later album 'Ascension' (Which is still free jazz), it's amazing. Also people like Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton are to check out if you want to learn more.

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