Modern “classical” composition informing Jazz Beyond Jazz

Commenting after my Cecil Taylor postings, correspondent "Jake" reports Alex Ross "publicly champions Cecil Taylor . ..  lists the rather obscure FMP big band record "Alms/Tiergarten (Spree)" as among his favorite pop/jazz recordings and wrote an appreciation of the maestro (paired with Sonic Youth) in The New Yorker way back in '98 . I wish more classical critics and fans would deal with avant-garde jazz and vice-versa. These musics have much in common and it seems a bit arbitrary to choose one absolutely over the other. Howard, I'd be curious … [Read more...]