Originally Posted by Pollyanna
Never liked Ornette. I've tried a number of times but can't get past the relentless in-your-face angularity. I need respite! Same with Merzbow for me, Mr Bacterium.
I loved Art Ensemble of Chicago when I saw them - their edginess, sound smorgasbord, humour and theatricality - but, even then, their free passages were less interesting for me than their more accessible styles. Damn, I'm so instinctively unhip I might as well register with the Tories lol
Love this one by Cecil Taylor and AROC - totally goofy but far less abrasive than Ornette ... it's like an amazing Bugs Bunny sountrack :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah5OVkgUtF8
In contrast, I find Coleman's free jazz stuff to be relaxing and meditative! But two people can listen to the same thing and form very different opinions - music is just that subjective.