Varèse & The Jazzmen

Most peculiar: a tape recording of composer Edgar Varèse conducting a workshop of Jazz musicians in the year 1957.

It might be the first free jazz recording (totally unissued) of History of Music. Varèse might have influenced jazzmen or was he only aware of what was happening on the jazz scene? No matter of the answer, it’s a bomb, as this music is 3 years earlier than Free Jazz by Ornette Coleman!

Hat tip: Chris Atwood.

Update: if the link above gives you trouble, try this one and scroll down to the bottom for the Varèse entry.

2 Responses to “Varèse & The Jazzmen”

  1. urbangraffito says:

    Obviously a unique experiment, if not entirely successful for all the participants. From my own listening, the best creative results seemed to occur when only two or three instruments were jamming at a time – otherwise, the jam would descend all to often into uncontrolled cacophony…

  2. profusion says:

    “It might be the first free jazz recording (totally unissued) of History of Music. Varèse might have influenced jazzmen or was he only aware of what was happening on the jazz scene? No matter of the answer, it’s a bomb, as this music is 3 years earlier than Free Jazz by Ornette Coleman!”

    However, this came one year after Cecil Taylor’s album “Jazz Advance,” which is the first free jazz recording I know of, though not quite as radical as this stuff (or as Ornette’s “Free Jazz” album)

    BTW, uncontrolled cacophony can be a good thing occasionally… 🙂

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