I've always wanted to enjoy free jazz more than I actually do. But I'm glad people keep playing innovations, whether I like them or not. Eventually, I and/or the artist might come around to an accommodation that I will enjoy.
Such is the case with saxophonist David Murray's work. Throughout his life of squalling and beeping, he has always found a way to rein himself often enough to stay grounded — and he almost always plays in a deep rhythmic pocket.
Decades ago, I had trouble with the extramusical sounds, but now I'd be disappointed if he didn't play them.
Now, he and harmolodic guitarist James Blood Ulmer have teamed up to front a blues big band. From this promotional video, it sounds like the ultimate combination of tradition and extremes.
I assume this video is OK to copy here because of its promotional nature and because Murray's website links to it and encourages embedding.