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The Ornette Coleman Trio At the Golden Circle, Vol. 2 [Live, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Ornette Coleman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005UOJR
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Snowflakes And Sunshine (Live) (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)10:432.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Morning Song (Live) (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)10:412.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Riddle (Live) (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 9:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Antiques (Live) (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)12:362.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Morning Song (Alternate Take) (Live) (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 8:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Riddle (Alternate Take) (Live) (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)12:402.49  Buy MP3 
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Here is an often-overlooked gem of a session. At the Golden Circle Volume 2 was recorded in 1965 as Coleman returned from three years of isolation and taking stock after he had revolutionised jazz in large and in detail on his legendary quartet recordings on Atlantic. Habituated to cries of execration, he now had taken to playing trumpet and violin in a manner as idiosyncratic as--and more roughly schooled than--his already out-there alto saxophone approach. His Stockholm accompanists are in complete sync with the refracted logic of Coleman's serpentine, yelping-spirit style. David Izenson's singing, independently-minded bass playing prompts Coleman along his peripatetic way. Charles Moffett relishes any opportunity to break out into drum-corps rataplan, but overall he provides a sheet of ride cymbal and snare that grounds his wandering partners. --Peter Monaghan

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See my review for Vol. 1 26 Mar 2009
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As with At the "Golden Circle" in Stockholm, Vol. 1 this is a very well recorded album of some of Coleman's best work.
In Vol. 2 on the first track Coleman plays trumpet and violin with his own personal kind of virtuousity, which perhaps makes this an even more essential purchase than Vol 1. Yes, in a convential sense he "can't play", but not that he lacks skill, just that his efforts are channelled towards the unique possibilities of the instruments.
The other 3 reissued tracks feature Colman on sax, and then these are re-stated in order again with 3 alternate takes that represent an excellent album of Coleman's sax lead trio in their own right. Whether it makes sense to listen to the whole thing in one go or not shouldn't be an issue when deciding to purchase, it's always possible to save the outakes for another day, they're certainly different enough to the originals.
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I was lucky enough to see the UK debut of this trio at the legendary Fairfield Hall concert on August 29, 1965 (Now available on CD as 'The Croydon Concert').
The music on this CD recorded at the 'Golden Circle', Stockholm on December 3/4, 1965 comes close to the brilliance of the trio's performance at that Croydon gig.
Ornette's alto playing is superbly melodic, David Izenzon is imaginative on arco and pizzicato bass while Charle Moffett is a hard-swinging and boisterous drummer.
With good sound quality for a live recording and 3 alternative takes giving 78 minutes playing time, this marvellous RVG Edition(2002) is an ideal introduction to the music of Ornette Coleman.
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Heard again after 50 years it sounds just as fresh and even more amazing. Unsurpassable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ornette: Open to the public - part 2 23 Jan 2002
By G. Schramke - Published on
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Since I suppose, that you will buy this one together with "Volume 1", which I also reviewed, just let's say something about the things happening only here, namely Coleman's violin- and trumpetplaying on "Snowflakes and Sunshine", the first tune: Ornette's playing on those instruments has often been written off by the critics as lacking of technique or just sounding terrible, but I think it would be to easy explaining things that way: Listening to that tune, you will notice a really surprising "call and response" thing between Ornette's violin-excursions and Izenzon's arco playing on the bass. The same thing happens during the interaction between the leader's trumpet playing and Moffett's drumming. By the way, one cannot understand, why this great drummer didn't get more publicity, he is really exiting. Like on "Vol.1", we have another beautiful ballad (Morning Song), and some astonishing tempo changes at "The Riddle". As for the bonus tracks, "Doughnuts" really knocked me out as being the only tune, that's not just an alternate take of one of the originally material, but a hereto completely unknown composition from that date. It is really a great up-tempo thing, similar to the stuff on "Ornette!", the exiting '61 album from the Atlantic Label.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More out-there than Volume One 28 Jan 2002
By G B - Published on
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It seems to me that Blue Note put the more challenging music of the Golden Circle engagement on Volume 2. (Which is still far more accessible than, say, Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures or John Coltrane's Meditations -- don't be frightened away!) "The Riddle" is a frantic freebopper with some of Ornette's best playing on these recordings and "Morning Song" is a dark, beautiful ballad. "Antiques" is a nice, medium tempo exploration with Moffett's occasional martial beats. And while all three of those tracks feature Ornette on alto, "Snowflakes and Sunshine" showcases his trumpet and violin playing. His trumpet playing is primitive and his violin playing is sub-primitive, which may disgust some listeners. But even if you don't like that track, there's still more than an hour of phenomenal saxophone playing here.
The new RVG reissue has great sound and almost doubles the playing time of the original with alternate tracks of "Morning Song", "The Riddle", and "Antiques". "Doughnuts", the previously unreleased track, is actually on the more accessible Volume One. Both Volumes are among the high points of 60s avant-garde jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RVG Even More Golden 16 May 2004
By Michael B. Richman - Published on
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Usually I don't replace my old Blue Note CDs with the new remasters from the RVG series, unless there is something truly special about the reissue/album in question. Well, Ornette's "Golden Circle" Volumes were certainly worth the upgrade! The sound is noticeably improved (this session wasn't originally recorded by Rudy), and most importantly there are three previously unreleased alternate takes. The rest of the disc is the same classic stuff, and I've included my review for the original CD release of this title below:
Both volumes of the Ornette Coleman Trio at the "Golden Circle" Stockholm are classic 60s avant-garde jazz albums. After his groundbreaking recordings with Atlantic, Coleman re-emerges with Blue Note in 1965 with these live sessions. On Volume 1, Ornette sticks to his native alto-sax, but on Volume 2 he branches out to violin and trumpet as well. The results of this multi-instrumentation are mixed, but is at the very least an interesting look into how a master composer and improviser tries to expand his methods for musical communication. Overall, any Ornette fan would be remiss to have this CD absent from his/her collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've Already Had my Say... 12 May 2009
By Giordano Bruno - Published on
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... about Ornette Coleman's place in my musical pantheon in my review of "At the Golden Circle Vol. 1". Go read that, if you care.

Volume 2 continues the alternation of Volume 1, between:
A. Extreme jitters and jags, the sort of Coleman sound that alienates most casual listeners for understandable reasons. On this CD, the first track "Snowflakes and Sunshine" is the only example of such frenzy, and Ornette makes matters worse by playing trumpet, badly, and violin, revoltingly.
B. Solid bebop, worthy of Dizzy or Charlie, with Ornette on his real instrument, the alto sax, and laying down melodic licks that splatter with excitement but flow with harmonic logic. "The Riddle" is such.
C. Surprisingly lyrical ballads, dark and sensuous, showing that Ornette had listened to the old masters of melodic jazz - Lester, Dexter, Wardell - and absorbed their sensibilities also. "Morning Song" is as close as Ornette ever came to lush romanticism. "Antiques" is more up tempo but equally melodic.

One of the attractions of this remastered CD, aside from the far cleaner sound, is that alternate tracks of The Riddle, Dawn, and Antiques are included, each track being 10-12 minutes long. There are enough differences between the alternates to prove the uncanned, improvisatory nature of Coleman's jazz, and to be exciting listening each in itself. But there are also such fundamental similarities between the alternate takes of the same 'composition' that a skeptic, a person who hears only initial chaos in such music, will have to recognize, however begrudgingly, that Coleman wasn't just tootling frenetically, that solid compositional ideas and structures underlie his apparent 'freedom.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe It Ornette 27 May 2007
By Alistair McHarg - Published on
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Listening to this music it is almost impossible to recall the WWII days of Ellington and Basie when jazz was, quite literally, the most popular music in America. Jazz was dance hall music, party music, and back porch spooning music, it defined an entire era. Even more than the so called "jazz age" of flappers and bathtub gin, the big bands with their glistening horn sections, tight orchestrations, and flamboyant front men were the very soul of every event worth attending, whether in Harlem or the Hamptons. Jazz was almost unique in its ability to cut across cultural (read racial) and socio-economic divides.

Today, jazz is still vital, though fragmented, and profoundly unpopular, residing somewhere between personal responsibility and moral integrity on the mass appeal spectrum. The molten Velveeta cheese pumped through pipes throughout the nation referred to as "smooth jazz" bears as much resemblance to actual jazz as a lightning bug resembles lightning. This is music for people too cheap to buy opium. On the other extreme is music so avante garde (a phrase which assumes the garde will eventually catch up, which may not occur in this case) as to thoroughly alienate the jazz diehards who swung with Cab Calloway and hoped that jazz would evolve in a comforting way.

Ornette Coleman was not single-handedly responsible for this schism, but it would be hard to find a practitioner who reveled more enthusiastically in driving a stake through the heart of jazz that was "safe, comfortable, and predictable." Even fans who had bravely hung in there with Bird, and even Trane, found Coleman simply too annoying to be worth the trouble. Instead of retreating, Coleman took possession of this neighborhood, gleefully embracing it. In earlier efforts, like The Shape Of Jazz To Come, Coleman showcased his virtuosity in a way that was simultaneously elegant and challenging. In Stockholm he seems intent on offending, being weird, and always going left when every street sign points to the right. (His violin playing alone tells this story emphatically.)

Coleman is a truly great artist, and great art has many responsibilities. One is to be beautiful. One is to be true. One is to inspire. One is to challenge. In the process of challenging, great art frequently offends. (Many lesser practitioners believe that to offend is to be great, which is ludicrous. Much of what is called art is merely vacuously offensive.) This CD, and its companion, conveniently entitled Volume 1, are horses of a very different stripe, or zebras of a very different color.

By kicking the piano out of the family and abandoning any semblance of traditional "song" structure, Coleman created his own musical universe. This is fearless, uncompromising, demented music that makes absolutely no attempt to be accessible. Even among jazz aficionados it was marginalized, if not condemned. When you accept that every note Coleman plays he plays on purpose, and that he has an adventurous spirit Lewis and Clark might have admired, you will find this music fascinating and richly satisfying. The moment it starts to grate on your nerves, imagine how much poorer we would all be if we lived in a world where there was no one intrepid enough to imagine and perform it.
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