Take for example, Murder For A Jar Of Red Rum.
The title is a palindrome and so is the form and some of the intervallic and rhythmic elements of the melodies, palindromes being, of course, linear expressions of duality ( I know it is real music geek stuff but bear with me). As the piece unfolds, the avant/trad. duality is very clear even in a cursory pass through the track. The piece starts out with a specific, and maybe a little dissonant or ‘avant-garde’, sonic texture with brush swirl, acro bass, guitar harmonic, and sax multi-phonics (start of track-1:30), which balances with a bebop/cool contrapunctual melody that follows (1:30-2:15). Then a completely sound/texture based free improvisation starting with the solo bass contrasts that (2:15-4:15). Next, my favorite part, the two approaches collide with a freely improvised sax solo/collective improv over the form and chord changes of Jelly Roll Morton’s ‘black bottom stomp’ (4:15-4:47)(a moment I call ‘Albert Ayler meets Dixieland’). Finally we return to a short recapitulation of both the bebop melody and the starting sonic texture (4:57-end). There is more in the tune as well, but I can’t give away too much of the story, then it is less fun to listen to and create your own sonic narrative in your mind’s ear. I hope you enjoy the music and thank you BBC and Somethin’ Else for your attention to detail and thoughtful interpretations of the recording.