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Free Jazz, Harmolodics, and Ornette Coleman


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Table of Contents

Part 1

1. Historical Context

2. An Introduction to Harmolodics

3. Transposition and Harmolodics

4. A Definition of Harmolodics: The Shape of Jazz to Come

5. An Argument for a Harmolodic Approach to Jazz Instruction

Part 2

6. An Interview with Ornette Coleman, with Reflections

7. Post-Interview Reflections

Part 3

8. Analysis and Transcription of Harmolodic Compositions

I "Family Reunion"

II "Giggin'"

III "When Will the Blues Leave?"

IV "Mob Job"

V "Peace"

VI "Theme from a Symphony, Variation 1"

VII "Peace Warriors"

VIII "Shades of Jazz"

IX "Humpty Dumpty"

X "Doughnut"

9. Full Transriptions of All Solos

About the Author

Stephen Rush is a Professor of Music at the University of Michigan.


"Dr. Rush's thorough investigation of Ornette's theories and performances ... supports the idea that innovation is the logical extension of a tradition, not a radical departure from it. The parallels to the music of Mr. Coleman's youth and the historical events surrounding Black Americans' fight for civil rights is also quite compelling."

-Branford Marsalis

"Free Jazz, Harmolodics, and Ornette Coleman is one of the most important books on Coleman's philosophy and music. An essential read for anyone who wants to dig deep."

-David Menestres, Burning Ambulance

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