Graham Collier's radical new analysis of the place of the composer in jazz is thing less than a complete reassessment of the direction in which the music is developing and a powerful argument for fresh thinking. He takes a detailed look at the music of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Gil Evans. His views about jazz composition - jazz happens in real time, once - and about contemporary composers are clearly and strongly expressed, controversial and provocative. This book will appeal to lay readers, especially those who enjoy an argument, as well as professional musicians and teachers. Musical examples in the book are linked to the author's website. 'I find The Jazz Composer to be an insightful, intelligent, creative and artful view to the understanding of jazz composition. It is written and developed for all interested listeners, the vice as well as the performer, and shows the way to the deepest artistic level' - Justin DiCioccio, jazz educator. 'Composers - take heed! ...If you're confident in your compositional devices - take the challenge to have your foundations soundly rattled If you're searching for a methodology to follow or guide you, it could well lie here...Not for the squeamish . ..prepare to be provoked' - Mike Gibbs, jazz composer. 'Collier ...makes music that speaks directly ...strongly personal but in way self-dramatising ...It's reassuring to learn that when he turns to prose, the same qualities are in place' - Brian Morton, jazz critic.
Graham Collier, born in Tynemouth, England in 1937, is a highly regarded jazz composer, whose music has been compared to that of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Gil Evans. He was the first British graduate of the Berklee School of Music, and the first recipient of an Arts Council jazz bursary. He is the author of several previous books on jazz, and for 12 years was artistic director of the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music. He currently lives in Greece, where he continues to compose, travelling from there to present concerts and workshops around the world. More on Graham at his website, or jazzcontinuum, his blog and collection of previous writings.