Reviews that mention Charles Tyler

July 6, 2015

In Print

Free Jazz and Improvisation on Vinyl 1965-1985
Johannes Rød (Rune Grammofon)

By Ken Waxman

Evan Parker once famously said that “my roots are in my record player” and from its beginnings, the appreciation and dissemination of jazz has been dependent on records. Like the scholars of early jazz who discovered little-known 78s that redefined jazz history, so too do limited pressed LPs define free jazz more than major label offerings. Norwegian scholar Johannes Rød clarifies the situation by itemizing notable discs from 60 so-called free jazz labels from the sound’s mid-60s first flowering to the advent of the CD. While some may quarrel with his fetishism of vinyl and question his exclusion of major imprints – an omission explained in an epilogue – there’s no disputing his scholarship. MORE