Graham Collier's radical new analysis of the place of the composer in jazz is nothing 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 novice 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 no way self-dramatising ...It's reassuring to learn that when he turns to prose, the same qualities are in place' - Brian Morton, jazz critic.