Mosaics - The Life and Works of Graham Collier - Duncan Heining

Mosaics - The Life and Works of Graham Collier - Duncan Heining


Mosaics - The Life and Works of Graham Collier - Duncan Heining

Duncan Heining [+-]
Duncan Heining writes about jazz, improvised music and 20th century composition. Since 1997 he has written for Avant Magazine, Record Collector, The Independent, The Independent On Sunday, Jazzwise, Jazz UK and the All About Jazz website. In 2010 Scarecrow Press published his biography of African-American composer and musical theorist George Russell, George Russell – An American Composer. He is also the author of Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz, 1960-1975 (Equinox, 2012).


Using Collier’s personal archive of papers and photographs, interviews with musicians who worked with him throughout his career and ex-students and lecturing staff at the Royal Academic of Music, this book will locate English jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Graham Collier and his work within the social and cultural changes which occurred during his period of creative activity. It will also examine the relevant changes within British and European jazz of the 1960s and 70s, particularly in terms in terms of race. Heining argues that Collier’s work as a composer-bandleader is an attempt to resolve the paradoxes of composition vs improvisation, familiarity vs spontaneity, change vs tradition inherent in jazz, with comparison with other composers – Mingus, Gil Evans, Westbrook, Barry Guy, and Butch Morris. Collier emerges as a contradictory, outsider figure in some respects falling between camps. He is neither an out-and-out musical, cultural or political radical but continually forced to confront the contradictions in his own position – as a musical outsider, who works within a marginalised area of cultural activity; as a gay man in a very male area of the music business and within a heterosexist culture in general; as a man of working class origins, who has ‘stepped outside’ traditionally prescribed class boundaries; and as an individual musician seeking individual solutions to collective problems of value and valuation.

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Heining, Duncan. Preface. Mosaics - The Life and Works of Graham Collier. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. xi-xiv Mar 2018. ISBN 9781781792636. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34036. Mar 2018

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