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

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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


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