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New Left Review I/31, May-June 1965

Alan Becket

The New Wave in Jazz: Ornette Coleman

The ‘new wave’ is now at least six years old and the time has come to take stock. In the four articles of which this is the first, we shall attempt to do this, giving the bulk of our attention to solo and collective improvisation. There are two reasons for this emphasis. Firstly, jazz has always been advanced primarily by the improvisor, though it may not always be. Secondly, the idea of spontaneous creation, both in solos and in response to another’s playing, is the greatest contribution jazz has made to Western music.

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