Marc Ribot: That's the Way I View It From New York: "Whether he's (Albert Ayler) jazz or not, I don't know, but he definitely seems to have come out of the free jazz movement. You know, this term fools a lot of people. They seem to think it means, "gosh, now we can do whatever we want." But in fact, every one of the major free jazz players invented a new formal system of improvising. They made formal changes. In other words, because free jazz players by and large threw out bebop - style chord changes as the event that propels the music forward - and in some cases threw out the idea that music needs to be propelled forward..."
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