Free Jazz Discussion

 Extended Discussion: Free Jazz

Impressions of Lonely Woman by Ornette Coleman, Bulbs by Cecil Taylor and Ghosts by Albert Ayler

 Instructions:

As you listen to Lonely Woman by Ornette Coleman, Bulbs by Cecil Taylor and Ghosts by Albert Ayler, write down your impressions. Describe what you are hearing. What instruments are playing and how do they sound? Use your own words. Musical jargon is not necessary. How does this music make you feel? In your estimation, what is the skill level of the performers. Does this music sound as if it has a plan? Do the instruments and parts fit together?

Describe how the character of any or all of these recordings might have been a reflection of the struggle for equal rights for African-Americans in the 1960s.

Finally, tell the reader if you liked or disliked these pieces and why. Be honest. All of this should take up roughly one typed, double-spaced page. Use your Team’s Discussion Forum to share your research paper with your Team members.

After all the students in your Team have posted their statements, read them. Then add at least one comment (can be as short as a sentence) about each Team member’s statement in the Extended Discussion: Free Jazz Folder in your Team Folder in the Discussion Board Folder. 

Evaluation

When you complete this assignment, you will receive 20 points: 15 points for your statement and 5 points for the comments you add to statements from the other students in your Team discussion group. I am interested in your honest opinion, so there are no “right or wrong” answers. I may take off points if your statement is too short (missing something), if your assignment is incomplete (i.e., you fail to add at least one comment to each statement submitted by all the other members of your discussion group) or if there are grammatical and spelling problems. Do not submit a list. Your statement should be written in prose (sentences and paragraphs, etc.).

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