New York pianist/composer John Blum has been on the music seen for over ten years. His list of credentials is quite extensive having worked with such notables such as William Parker, Cecil Taylor, and Jackson Krall. He is well known within the circles of "free jazz" artists.
The term for the idiom free jazz should require some definition. In a loose quote from (Avant-Garde Jazz Musicians): "Free" or "free-form jazz", for instance, suggests that few guidelines are established in the music to instruct the musicians in what they will play during a performance". Boundaries may be blurred in reference to established forms such as melody, harmony, and rhythm.
John Blum's solo recording is a self-expressed work of art, where the musical borders do not exist. The piano solos are free flowing and traverse in directions and tempos that are unpredictable. The mood and tone of the recording is immensely dark. Complex chord and solo patterns reveal Blum's talent and extensive knowledge of various forms and techniques, but beware: This is not music for the faint of heart.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!