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Claude Cozens Improvisation 1

by Claude Cozens

Multi-instrumentalist exploring the possibilities of rhythms through improvisation.
Genre: Jazz: African Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fortitude
2:56 $0.99
2. I Go De
5:34 $0.99
3. Burning Tree
3:33 $0.99
4. Rhythms of Rain
4:06 $0.99
5. Seventeen Again
4:56 $0.99
6. Leaders of Freedom
9:06 $0.99
7. Pa Moses 1
2:36 $0.99
8. Huistoe
4:56 $0.99
9. Strongholds
5:56 $0.99
10. Below the Trees
5:18 $0.99
11. Pa Moses 2
3:01 $0.99
12. She Knows
6:46 $0.99
13. The Babbie
7:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
The idea behind creating this album and the new series of improvisations is based on the curiosity on the boundaries of rhythm and rhythmic patterns within the context of modern music. The purpose of this series of improvisations is to explore the possibilities of uneven rhythms and patterns and create a sound that is found within these foundations.
In this process, I have attempted to include some elements of my background and some others that I enjoy in the most tasteful way I could find. This approach aluminates my perspective and gives me the best possible chance at a unique sound in my view. I am trying to glue together all the elements and concepts that I like from my own experiences listening to the great artists, playing with some of them and then sitting down in the practice room searching and crafting a sound and style.
You can hear this process in my two solo piano improvisations “Leaders of Freedom” and She Knows” on Claude Cozens Improvisation 1.
The core principle of the project is establishing a primary foundation in repetition and then sensitively adding some colour to that to create something substantial. The primary foundation or theme is a set idea and then everything else is inspired by that and fulfills itself. Everything else that has been added derives from the primary foundation with the exception of the only two light songs on this album which is “Huistoe” and “Seventeen Again” These two songs are original compositions which was added to add a lighter side to the album. Bringing out the comical side of life and my cultural experience growing up the diverse city Cape Town, South Africa.
While the tradition right now is to compose some music, get a band together and get some gigs and then look to record. This process is becoming increasingly difficult as the practicalities and logistics behind it are no longer as easy in this busy and expensive time. Time, energy, money, commitments and travelling schedules are among some of the challenges for me. This series of improvisations bypasses those challenges in some regard and open a world of creative opportunity for me which excites my spirit. There’s always some light when you seem to be in darkness, you just have to look for it patiently.
Being a multi-instrumentalist, the challenge is to not to over-do it but rather create some order to all the ideas so that it can translate. It’s very important to be aware of your strengths and weakness and then try to remain within those to bring the best results possible. It is an extremely difficult challenge but not impossible I believe. Having full control of the process has its positives and negatives. One negative being that the process is a lot longer. The positives are beneficial to the music despite the longer process for me and this series of improvisations. If the journey is to easy then it’s not really worth it.
The next addition to this series “Claude Cozens Improvisation 2” will definitely include more complex rhythmic ideas. It seems to be the way I am going when it comes to rhythmic
structures and the mood it creates when improvised within the boundaries of “loose” and “tight.” Essentially, I want it to always groove hard!
So this is the start of something new and yet it’s taken many years to get to this point. I am not sure how many of these I will do but right now I feel that there’s no real limit to what and how “Claude Cozens Improvisation 2” and more can or will sound. Naturally it will be continuation of this journey of experimentation and exploration into unfamiliar territory. This is what I am looking to do at least.
These foundational ideas fall part of my focus in my Masters studies the University of Bergen, Norway.



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