Freedom in the Margins: Avant-garde jazz remains vital if overlooked

Kidd Jordan (Photo: Courtesy the artist) Despite its relative marginalization in terms of mainstream visibility, avant-garde and free-jazz notions are alive, well and enjoying both healthy mutation and a legacy of a “tradition” dating back to the 1960s. Small, sometimes artist-run labels and festivals tend to stoke the music’s fires and serve a small but

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