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For today's "Saturday The Fringes" series, we've got an avant-fusion work from guitarist Mark O'Leary. At times veering into Terje Rypdal ECM-like soundscapes and at times into free-jazz improv straight from the furnace, O'Leary is never boring and always has something to say. Uygan's trumpet shines on this piece.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.