|Anthony Braxton Composition Figures|
It's not just in The Clown, but I have always connected Avant-Garde Jazz with Post War / Post Modern Art. Conceptually and metaphysically this makes sense. Musicians like Steve Lacy and Ornette Coleman have always made a big visual presence in my imagination. Lacy, for example, seems to construct shapes with every lick he plays on the Soprano. And obviously the name of this blog is derived from Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come, but along with musical notes I hear shapes too.
Can sound be seen? Can sight be heard?
Here are a few Jazz pieces that create colors, lines, and shapes in my mind. Some are mathematical and controlled, while some are chaotic and organic. You can decided for yourself.