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The Avant-Garde is an important record because it is beautiful, exhilarating music performed by musicians whose voices presage all kinds of directions for themselves, their contemporaries, their progeny. It is important because it brings together musicians who do not ordinarily play together, representing as they do different corners of modern jazz. The Avant-Garde establishes that these trends are far from intransigent and that variegation in a group can be fructifying and rewarding when the men involved are enlightened and open-minded. Finally, The Avant-Garde is important because it catches these men and these ideas at a time when all the freshness of discovery was on them, with all the electricity of the exchange of geniunely new concepts of group and solo playing.
1960, when this record was made, was a crucial year in jazz. The fifties had ended, and in some jazz quarters it was felt that the varieties of bebop employed by the main streams of the fifties had played themselves out. The recrudescence of Monk and Monkism had given impetus to some new forces, however, and the old guard was being assaulted on three main fronts: harmonic (Coltrane), tonal (Cecil Taylor), and rhythmic-melodic (Ornette Coleman). Two of those three elements are represented here along with Percy Heath, one of the most consistent, intelligent and far-sighted musicians of the fifties.
The Avant-Garde features tenor saxophonist John Coltrane performing with trumpeter Don Cherry. Coltrane's improvisational style meets Coleman's angular, blues-based conception that he later called harmolodics.
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John Coltrane, soprano sax, tenor sax
Don Cherry, trumpet
Percy Heath, bass
Ed Blackwell, drums
Charlie Haden, bass
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3. The Blessing
4. The Invisible
5. Bemsha Swing