Beyond Jazz by Trevor BarreBorn out of necessity and a love of the music and the records, the aim of this book is to offer a guide to a selection of independent labels and their releases of free jazz, improvisation and generally jazz outside of the mainstream between and , with being the year when ESP-Disk' started out as the first independent label dedicated to the music covered in this book, and being the year that the CD slowly started to take over as the main sound carrier. However, we have stretched the frames a little bit on a few occasions. There are also 64 sleeve illustrations, including some extremely rare ones, as well as forewords by Swedish sax player and composer Mats Gustafsson and Rune Grammofon founder Rune Kristoffersen. Finally, there is a conversation between Kristoffersen and music writer Rob Young. He is also an avid record collector since the late sixties. The main body of the book is an alphabetical listing of sixty independent labels from the US, UK and mainland Europe.
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Author: John Corbett. Yet Corbett takes an almost philosophical look at how music passes through listening mediums and what that means for listeners. As a result, the text will appeal to both vinyl freaks and non-freaks as it speaks to the transience of pop culture and its intersection with everyday lives. Much but not all of it jazz, and all of it worth seeking out: it comes with Corbett's highest recommendation. The illustrations of the record covers under review are fascinating and the author's musical savvy is daunting.
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As Gustafsson notes, this area remains under-documented, making this book a necessity. An elegant volume, Free Jazz and Improvisation on Vinyl is a collectors' guide to a niche area of music. This is one for the vinyl fiends, but happily, it has more to offer than discographies and catalogue numbers.
The labels chosen and albums listed are a personal selection of what he considers important. There would have been space to extend the list beyond sixty as many of the entries occupy only a quarter or so of the available space on the page. The book only covers recordings on vinyl though a few ICP cassettes are listed but this decision is not supported by a claim for the superiority of analogue — a hotly debated topic — but rather that the formative period of free jazz and improv just happened to coincide with music on vinyl. The cut-off date of — often observed in the breach -- is justified as marking the advent of the compact disc. Certainly, the heyday of vinyl sales of which free jazz formed a miniscule percentage but of the music itself? As this blog bears witness, in terms of numbers there are now more recordings released and a larger audience than there has ever been. But to be young was very heaven!