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Six Classic Albums [Audio CD] Ornette Coleman [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Ornette Coleman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real Gone Jazz
  • ASIN: B0085Z5AK2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lonely Women
2. Eventually
3. Peace
4. Focus On Sanity
5. Congeniality
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Ramblin'
2. Free
3. The Face of the Bass
4. Forerunner
5. Bird Food
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Invisible
2. The Blessing
3. Jayne
4. Chippie
5. The Disguise
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Tomorrow Is the Question
2. Tears Inside
3. Mind and Time
4. Compassion
5. Giggin'
See all 9 tracks on this disc

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Includes the following albums - The Shape Of Jazz To Come, This Is Our Music, Change Of Century, Something Else, Tomorrow Is The Question, Free Jazz

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ornette - mostly early classics at bargain price 28 Oct 2012
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this 4 cd recent release of Ornette Coleman's 1958 -1960 era of acknowledged masterpieces is for a big Ornette fan a total treat. i mean think about it - 6 lps from his incredibly fertile seminal years on 4 cds for less than 10/$15 is a total no brainer for any jazz or serious music fan..

first lp s "something else" + "tomorrow is the question" are pre-cherry,haden,classic line up with sidemen that didnt quite understand the new thing that was emerging. these lps essentially show Ornette's alto sax playing + muscial ideas starting to emerge post-bop into looser ,free-er structures,but nothing on these 2 lp s are particularly remarkable, for their time, except for Ornette's wonderful plaintive tone + slightly "out" yet still melodic playing. great fairly typical late bop jazz.

the next three lps : "this is our music","the shape of jazz to come" + "change of the century" all recorded within 12 months of each other bring together the classic don cherry, charlie haden ,ed blackwell / billy higgins group that was to serve Ornette's universe sporadically for many years to come (part re-uniting gloriously in 1983 with "song x"). these lps in essence contain wonderful music for open minded people who like the playful loose limbed tunes, sparse ballads,interplay + overall feeling of freedom being created almost on the spot,without the honking or dense structures that symbolise later key lps such as Coltrane's pivotal free jazz lp the far more demanding "ascension".
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5.0 out of 5 stars No brainer must buy collection 6 Sep 2013
By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an absolute steal at this price. 6 incredible, iconic even, albums presented using superb clear remastered sources. The sound quality of these cds is as good as the most recent remastered stand alone versions, although the bonus tracks that appear on some of them are missing here.

The only downside is the lack of any information, but at this price that is splitting hairs.

If you like, Jazz, are missing one or two of these albums, enjoy hearing musicians pushing the boundaries buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Hesitate To Buy This! 10 Jun 2014
By man
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This is such good value, 6 complete Ornette Coleman albums for around 6.00.
The sound quality sounds very good to me.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
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OC, alto sx; Don Cherry, tpt; Freddie Hubbard, tpt (on Free Jazz); Eric Dolphy, b clari (on Free Jazz); Walter Norris, p (on Something Else!!!; Charlie Haden, Percy Heath or Red Mitchell (on Tomorrow Is the Question!), Don Payne (on Something Else!!!), b; Scott LaFaro, b (on Free Jazz); Billy Higgins, Eddie Blackwell, Shelley Manne, dr (on Tomorrow Is the Question!)

For the dedicated jazz lover, the Real Gone Jazz re-releases are like manna from heaven -classic albums ca. 1958-early 60s from Quincy Jones, Eric Dolphy, George Russell, Bill Evans (some with his classic trio), Sun Ra, Bud Powell (I haven't bought this one yet), Art Blakey, Cecil Taylor, Ben Webster (I don't need this o ne because I own most of the originals), Horace Silver, Monk, Jimmy Smith (eighteen albums on ten CDs), and now this, six albums by one of the three most creative, innovative and influential jazz musicians of the sixties, Ornette Coleman. (The other two would be Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane.)

Four of the six albums are essential -three with the OC quartet: The Shape of Jazz to Come, Change of the Century, and This Is Our Music, with Coleman on sax, Don Cherry on trumpet, Haden on bass, and either Billy Higgins or Eddie Blackwell on drums, both equally attuned to the indeterminate music of Coleman's vision. The fourth indispensable album is, of course, Ornette's double quartet album, Free Jazz, with both of his drummers of the time, Higgins and Blackwell, bassist Haden augmented by virtuoso performer Scott LaFaro, two additional horns, trumpeter Hubbard and bass clarinetist and musician extraordinaire Eric Dolphy, and Higgins and Blackwell in tandem on drums.

The other two albums, Something Else!!! (1958) and Tomorrow Is the Question! (1959), are good transitional, more about a group forming and identifying itself, and it shows in the quality of performance. Something Else!!! is clearly a beginning album: it's advanced West Coast bop with the twist of the leader, Coleman, who even then was clearly an original. But it shows mostly in his solos. Even the melody lines are timid compared to a year later and Cherry, who a year later was playing brilliantly original lines as Coleman's alter ego, is more conventional boppish on this, the group's first ever recorded album. And the drummer, Billy Higgins, who a year later exults in sprung rhythms and suspended time, seems bound by the plebeian bass lines of Payne. Bound by contract, this album features the only pianist to appear on a Coleman album for thirty-eight years, until Geri Allen is featured on the two superb Sound Museum albums. Norris is a solid bop pianist, but he's wrong, wrong, wrong for this album. His solos don't match with Coleman's and his comping behind the horns dulls everything down.

The same thing is true of Tomorrow! Manne, Heath and Mitchell were all consummate musicians, but they all came out of bop, West Coast version, and standard bop rhythms and chords tie down Coleman's non-chordal, non-tight-rhythm flights of fancy. The result is a pedestrian music with occasional flights of brilliance and freedom, the latter coming almost exclusively during Coleman's solos.

So now back to what's outstanding about this exceptional set. (1) Even in the first two albums, Coleman (a) writes good melody heads and (b) he's a b**ch of a soloist. My god, is he brilliant, even at this early stage! (2) Once he was allowed to record with simpatico colleagues -on Shape, Change, and This Is Our Music--everything, everything, about the music is brilliant. The musical heads are intriguing -they come out of nowhere sometimes, and they are always melodically and rhythmically interesting. They're infectious. Fifty years on, you listen to them and they still seem fresh, lime they've not been passed by fifty some years of subsequent music. This is the real stuff. The chemistry between the two horns -Coleman and Cherry - is magic too. Soprano saxist Steve Lacy said that he thought Cherry was intimidated at times by Coleman but I disagree. I think rather that Coleman was clearly the dominant voice in fashioning this new way of looking art music, but Cherry's contributions are right on the mark, and he bought a dancing, fey quality to the music that made it even more appealing. As to the rhythm section, Haden not only plays about the most beautiful -woody, deep--bass of any jazz bassist, but he was -is--a master at providing a solid bass line that moved the music forward but didn't lock down key or even pace, allowing the horn soloist the maximum freedom in solo lines. And Higgins and Blackwell both were fully in tune with this approach to music. What a wonderful group this was. (When Scott LaFaro replaced Haden in the quartet, I thought the group suffered, as good -no, brilliant!--as LaFaro was. Haden was the perfect bassist for that group.)

And so to Free Jazz. Coleman's groundbreaking double quartet album. It appeared six years before John Coltrane's even more revolutionary Ascension. (For a fix on how good that album was, listen to ROVA's Electric Ascension, 2003.) As much as I appreciated how important Coleman's album was, I really didn't like it much until I listened to it in this CD four-pack. The way I listened to these albums was to play them in the car on long trips, where I wouldn't be distracted by other sounds. Listening to Free Jazz that way, and with the advantage of years passed by, I was blown away by it. Its harshness didn't sound as harsh any more, and the moments of beauty in it occupied more of the space and were more intense. Let me mention two as examples. I loved Coleman's solo and Dolphy's bass clarinet obbligatos. The long section featuring the rhythm section, the two bassists and the two drummers, is gorgeous. Haden plays walking bass while LaFaro strums, a la guitar, on the upper reaches of his instrument's frets. Blackwell and Higgins trade gorgeous drum solos that avoid completely the usual problem with drum solos, that they are virtuoso but boring displays. Everything fits this time. The drum solos work.

In short, this is a collection that is so good even in its tentative selections that the serious jazz lover, if he or she doesn't have ALL of these albums already, should dash out right now and purchase it. There is no better jazz than this, short of the best of Ellington or Charlie Parker. (Or maybe Mingus or Tatum.) (Or Sun Ra.) (George Russell.)
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to a giant of the music 9 Feb 2013
By Dean Robb - Published on Amazon.com
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This 4 CD set contains the entirety of 6 early album releases by the free jazz titan Ornette Coleman. The sound has been remastered, I believe, because it is so clear and full and transparent. And you can't beat the price. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to check out Ornette's music.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original 8 Mar 2013
By Khalif Abdul-Rahim - Published on Amazon.com
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I have all of the music on vinyl i bought the cds to replace them.Very good sound and price i am not going to comment on the music being good of course it is.One of the giants with a very good set of musicians in band.A new form of the music as presented by one of the greats.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Progressive Collection of Jazz Albums 23 May 2013
By Christopher Will - Published on Amazon.com
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This six classic album collection of Ornette Coleman's Quartet was excellently remastered and is a stellar example of avante-garde jazz music of the late 1950's and early 1960's. It is still as musically relevant and important as when these albums were recorded 50 years ago (tempis fugit!). I would highly recommend any jazz aficionado add this to his collection. Wonderful price, wonderful jazz!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars groundbreaking vision 2 July 2013
By Glenn Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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Even with no liner notes, who cares? This music changed the conception of Jazz. Dig it, be a fool not to, and for this low price
why not? Claim you like Jazz? Get in on the ground floor. As vital as Bird, Trane, Miles, Hendrix or anyone they were ever associated with.
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