Friday, November 16, 2012

Garrett List - Your Own Self (Opus One, 1972)

Here's another early Opus One release. Your Own Self is trombonist, vocalist and composer Garrett List's first album. List attended Julliard in the '60s and it was there that he formed The Julliard Ensemble with Luciano Berio and Dennis Russell Davies. In the early '70s, his interest shifted to free jazz and he developed relationships with such distinguished artists as Anthony Braxton and Steve Lacy. He also encountered prominent composers John Cage, Frederic Rzewski and La Monte Young and performs on Young's legendary Dream House 78' 17"Since 1971, List has been associated with Musica Elettronica Viva, an influential collective of experimental composers formed in Rome in 1966. I will be posting more about MEV in the future. On Your Own Self, List beautifully combines minimalism and free jazz by incorporating slow movements and improvisation. Download it here and enjoy.

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