By DEREK TAYLOR, Published: February 1, 2000
Calendar dates and the inceptions of musical styles don't always mix. When was the actual birth of bebop? When was the definitive beginning of fusion? Specific dates are not readily applicable to these historic milestones mainly because musical revolutions rarely transpire in strictly linear progressions. In the absence of absolute dates recordings are often assigned the distinction of denoting when styles surfaced. The work of the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble (FFIE) gathered on this disc is widely regarded among those that have actually heard it as the first instances of a completely spontaneous composition. Ornette Coleman is often cited as one of the earliest pioneers of free improvisation in jazz, but even his late 50s experiments contained elements of preconceived structure. By comparison the FFIE's entire rubric revolved around converging together without any kind of premeditated consensus as to where their music would take them.
Track Listing: Eat Eat/ Free Form Composition 1/ Free Form Composition 2/ Free Form Composition 3.
Recorded: April 3, 1964 NYC and December 30, 1964, Judson Hall, NYC.
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Personnel: Burton Greene- piano, piano harp; Gary William Friedman- alto saxophone; Jon Winter- flutes; Alan Silva- bass; Clarence Walker- drums.
Record Label: CJR | Style: Modern Jazz