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New Left Review I/35, January-February 1966


Alan Beckett

The New Wave in Jazz: Free Form

4 Free Music

‘Jazz is Jim Crow. Jazz is of another era, another time, another place. We’re playing free music.’

Albert and Donald Ayler

The younger avant-garde are being overlooked by most promoters and record companies, and it is surprising to learn that such a large proportion of their recorded music has appeared on Danish labels—after musicians have visited the Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen—rather than on American labels. In this situation, the institution of the esp disk record company was very welcome. This company, directed by Bernard Stollman, lawyer and prominent Esperantist with a long-established interest in jazz, was set up last year after the October Revolution concerts, with the aim of presenting the younger musicians’ work on record. So far, it has produced 16 jazz albums, 10 of which have become available in this country.

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