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Peter Brotzmann Sextet and Quartet: Nipples

This is a general phenomenon, historically confirmed that the most influential political, intellectual and artistic ideas and trends of any period, whether as a positive confirmation or as a theoretical and ideological rejection of them, will dominate the period. But that influence, depending on the consciousness and ideological character of those influenced, will be expressed in very diverse ways.

There are also a host of other contesting influences at all times, which might lead the art to dilution, superficiality, marginalization of important aspects of the original source and overemphasis of peripheral aspects of the source. It’s the difference between innovation, popularization, watering down or outright pimpery. They obsess with, perhaps, the initial explosiveness inherent in the form’s emergence. That form is the incredible dynamism of the ’60s free music outburst usually identified with ‘Trane, Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp, and given particular identity by Albert Ayler and, to some extent, by Frank Wright.

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