Rhythm Changes and free improvisation: a ‘new European sonicity’?

Here, direct from Amsterdam in the middle of the Rhythm Changes: Jazz and National Identities conference, I offer some thoughts on jazz research, current and future.

The free improvisation movement … a lot of us have been talking about those kinds of musical innovations…. It seems to me that that’s an area that potentially, that arguably, is a new European sonicity…. Its music, its culture, its attitudinality, its educative practice–its pedagogy–its stubbornness, and definitely its radical politics. There’s one of the futures for jazz research in Europe, and we’ve got to be part of that. Free improvisation.

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