Let the Chaos Calm You: ep. 8 – European Free Improvisation

Ali Eshqi

European free jazz soon got stripped off of most of its “jazzness” by musicians who found themselves culturally alienated with those characters yet interested in the act of improvisation which existed in European musical tradition. This process leaded to a new genre of non-idiomatic music known as „free improvisation”. The album Machine Gun by Peter Brötzmann Octet (1968) is considered a benchmark for European free improvisation. This music often sounded chaotic, manic, atonal, noisy, aggressive, heavy, dense, raw and dissonant but technical and complex at the same time.

  • Peter Brötzmann Octet - Machine Gun (Machine Gun, 1968 - FMP) Germany
  • Dave Burrell - Peace (Echo,1969 - Actuel) America/France
  • Manfred Schoof - Part I (European Echoes, 1969 - FMP) Germany
  • Alan Silva and His Celestrial Communication Orchestra - Part II (Luna Surface, 1969 -  Actuel) France
  • Jacques Cuorsil Unit - Duke (Way Ahead, 1969 - Actuel) France
  • Peter Brötzmann Fred Van Hove Han Bennink - Balls (Balls, 1970 - FMP) Germany
  • Min Bul - Invocation (Min Bul, 1970 - Polydor) Norway
  • Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio - Ein Husten fur Karl Valentin (Pakistani Pomade, 1973 - FMP) Germany
  • Leszek Zadło Ensemble - Inner Silence (Inner Silence - 1973 - Poljazz) Poland
  • Tomasz Stańko, Tomasz Szukalski, Edward Vesala, Peter Warren - Night Peace (TWET,1974 - Polskie Nagrania Muza) Poland
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