The Jazz Avant-Garde in the 1960s (1960 - 1966)

Russell Perry By

Sign in to view read count

Click the play button to listen to this episode of .

Nurtured in the seminal recordings of Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor in the mid to late 1950s, the jazz avant—garde came into its own in the 1960s with their continuing creations, those of John Coltrane already featured in this program and those of next generation players, Joe Harriott and Albert Ayler. Defining statements of the free jazz movement in the early 1960s by Coleman, Taylor, Harriott and Ayler in this hour of Jazz at 100.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • John Lewis, Gunther Schuller, Jim Hall Orchestra plus The Contemporary String Quartet "Abstraction" from Jazz Abstraction (Atlantic) 2:57
  • Host speaks 7:05
  • Ornette Coleman Double Quartet "Free Jazz (excerpt)" from Free Jazz (Atlantic) 7:48
  • Host speaks 15:00
  • Cecil Taylor Orchestra "Bulbs" from The Norton Collection (Norton) 17:03
  • Host speaks 23:51
  • Joe Harriott Quintet "Shadows" from Abstract (Capitol) 24:52
  • Joe Harriott Quintet "Modal" from Abstract (Capitol) 30:36
  • Host speaks 35:17
  • Albert Ayler Trio "Ghosts: First Variation" from Spiritual Unity (ESP-Disc) 37:32
  • Albert Ayler Trio "Spirits" from Spiritual Unity (ESP-Disc) 42:43
  • Host speaks 49:25
  • Cecil Taylor Trio "Tales (8 Whisps)" from Unit Structures (Blue Note) 50:38
  • Host Outro 57:48

Post a comment


Shop Amazon


All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.