I have a sympathy for old whiskered Europeans with horns. Enjoy.
I am a fan of a small margin at the margins of the already marginal avant-garde jazz called “European Free Improvisation.” Â It justÂ occurredÂ to me to search youtube for documentation of performances by free improv artists. Â I was thinking that it might be easier to offer a taste this way than by recommending obscure recordings. Â I’ve been away from following this kind of work for a while, but the ongoing Lichtenbergian question “Is it Art?” got me to return to my enthusiasm for this kind of sound making. Â John Corbett’s bookÂ Extended Play: Â Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. FunkensteinÂ was a great intro I stumbled over a number of years ago. Â In finding link info for that book I found that there’s is a new book about the late guitarist and writer Derek Bailey (Derek Bailey and the History of Free Improvisation)Â who is to students of Improvisation what Bronowsky was to young students finding new enthusiasms for the history of Western intellectual development. Â Even had, like “Dr. Bloody Bronowsky,” a BBC series turned into a book. Â I’ll be searching for some youtubes of Bailey, and of others, for future posts. Â No, I won’t ignore the Americans. Â Give me time.