The second wave of Free Improvisation in England, 1973–1979, Trevor Barre
The much-anticipated follow-up to his Beyond Jazz, Trevor Barre’s Convergences, Divergences & Affinities continues the story of early English free improvisation, tracing the path of the music from 1973 to 1979. It follows the progress of the early pioneers and the formation of the ‘second generation’ of improvisers, examining how they continued to develop the sound through such outlets as the London Musicians Collective, Company and Musics magazine. Particular attention is given to the regional scene and to the formation of various collectives across the country. Barre’s new book is another very readable history of the initial period of one of the most radical and misunderstood musical genres of the 1960s and 70s.