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This Is Our Music - The Complete Sessions (2CD)

Ornette Coleman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Essential Jazz Classics
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blues Connotation 5:18
2. Beauty Is A Rare Thing 7:11
3. Kaleidoscope 6:34
4. Embraceable You 4:53
5. Poise 4:38
6. Humpty Dumpty 5:22
7. Folk Tale 4:47
8. Little Symphony 5:17
9. The Tribes Of New York 4:35
10. Rise And Shine 6:14
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Disc: 2
1. P.S. Unless One Has (Blues Connotation #2) 5:56
2. Revolving Doors 4:28
3. Brings Goodness 6:40
4. Joy Of A Toy 4:57
5. To Us 4:35
6. The Fifth Of Beethoven 6:39
7. Motive For Its Use 5:42
8. Moon Inhabitants 4:33
9. The Legend Of Bebop 7:18
10. Some Other 7:22
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Ornette Coleman (alto sax), Don Cherry (pocket trumpet), Charlie Haden (bass) & Ed Blackwell (drums)

Ornette Coleman's seminal 1960 album heading a pianoless quartet plus 16 tracks recorded during the same sessions but not included on the original LP, making this double CD the definitive edition of this classic work

The group consisted of modern players working with the same concept: a freer way of playing jazz which transcended the strict confines of melody, harmony and rhythm. They would create a whole new medium by constructing music via the interplay of simultaneous collective improvisation

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Released in 1961, this album retains three-quarters of the quartet that recorded the earlier, ground-breaking 'The Shape of Jazz To Come' and 'Change of the Century', drummer Billy Higgins giving way to the equally talented Ed Blackwell. Otherwise, it's a continuation of that music, concentrating on Coleman tunes and adding a single standard.

The pianoless quartet format and the spare texture of the music exposes all the musicians to scrutiny, and only Cherry really fall short of expectations. Haden's agile bass is excellent - and audible, as is often not the case on jazz recordings of this vintage - Blackwell's drumming is distinctive, and Coleman's sound and compositional sense are as original and compelling as ever. 'Blues Connotation' and 'Beauty Is a Rare Thing' in particular are as good as anything Coleman recorded during this period, but the whole album is very listenable, largely thanks to Coleman's bluesy lyricism. I find myself comparing the group sound not to the bop style - with which it was supposed to represent such a dramatic break at the time - but with recordings made by Steve Lacy around the same time, which also feature a sax soloist with a very distinctive voice, an unusual choice of repertoire and little interest in running the changes at breakneck speed.

Fifty years have elapsed since Coleman and crew recorded this, and with the controversy dead and buried we can now hear it more clearly for what it was and is - just good, fresh jazz.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the the GLORIOUS sounds of jazz 25 Feb 2009
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this lp is recommended by all the jazz afficianados over the years as one of Ornette's fine early lps from 1959, on the atlantic label and they do not lie . i'm no expert on colemans entire output but "this is our music" is above all else as great an introduction to any music lover of Ornette's wonderful plaintive sax playing with his group of the time, alongside Don Cherry's cornet playing acting as an excellent foil also.

for me its his sax SOUND and phrasing that says Freedom in life and free expression - utterly wonderful and nothing on this lp that would prove too scary to non-jazz fans either. this cd is basically loose limbed jazz bop with Coleman + Cherry's tangy/ascerbic solos played alongside Haden + Blackwell's loose + free-ish rhythms. AND as an aside - in 2007 he was STILL playing out of his skin when i had the privilege to see him and his band play in Ldn: an incredible man!

and now to re-listen to Ornette's 80's Lp "Song X" with Metheny, Haden et al - another humdinger.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Ornette doesn't take the Cherry ! 26 Feb 2005
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This is a strange album and merely sounds eccentric these days, the shock value of 45 years passing being lost with age. Indeed, this comes across like a Charlie Parker record that someone has left in the sun so that the improvised lines become stretched into something wholly different.
Today Ornette has almost become part of the mainstream and it is easier in 2005 to appreciate just how original he was back then. The rhythmn team of Haden and Blackwell hold the band's bopping jollity together and although Coleman's solos are the most interesting thing about the record, Don Cherry's trumpet is a let down for this reviwer as he manages to coax so truly horrible sounds from the pocket trumpet. (None of the impish humour of his later work that made him such a great live act.) The ballads "Beauty is a rare thing" and the deconstructed "Embraceable you" with it's tag intro that reminds me of Bird and Dizzy are the best things, other than the good-natured bouncy rendition of Ornette's famous "Humpty Dumpty." (My favourite track.)
This was still early days for Coleman and there is still something naive with the music that makes it so appealing. However, I don't recommend driving a car with this music on!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ornette reunited with Ed Blackwell 8 July 2003
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"This Is Our Music" is one of the essential discs Ornette Coleman recorded for Atlantic from 1959 to 1961, and the most important thing about it is that it reunites Ornette with Ed Blackwell for the first time on record. Blackwell was the first drummer to collaborate in making Ornette's music, and played a critical role, but was not able to play on the first several albums. Billy Higgins is a phenomenal drummer, and added something special of his own to "The Shape of Jazz to Come" and "Change of the Century," but Blackwell's New Orleans polyrhythms are documented for the first time with "This Is Our Music."

As the story goes, Ornette, from Ft. Worth, was touring the South with an R&B band. Some locals objected to his innovative style, beat him up, and threw his tenor off a hill, leaving him stranded in New Orleans in 1949. He stayed with a friend's family for several months, borrowing his friend's brother's horn so he could practice while he tried to secure another gig. It was during that time that he met Ed Blackwell, and they played together as Ornette first developed his innovative style. Later in the mid-50s they were both in L.A., and played together, practicing Ornette's large and growing number of compositions, along with Don Cherry and Charlie Haden.

It takes some effort to piece together the chronology of Ornette's recordings, and so here is the list of the Atlantic records (the first two on Contemporary, "Something Else!" and "Tomorrow Is the Question" were compromises, not featuring Ornette's regular band):

The Shape of Jazz to Come -- recorded 5/22/59, released October, 1959
Change of the Century -- recorded 10/8-9/59, released June, 1960
This Is Our Music -- recorded 7/19, 7/26, 8/2/60, released February, 1961
Free Jazz -- recorded 12/21/60, released September, 1961
Ornette! -- recorded 1/31/61, released February, 1962
Ornette On Tenor -- recorded 3/22, 3/27/61, released December, 1962

Blackwell played drums on the last two dates, "Ornette!" and "Ornette on Tenor," and both Blackwell and Higgins played on "Free Jazz," with a double quartet. One of the tracks on "Ornette!" features a long Blackwell solo. Higgins, with a solid background in swing and bop, went on to play with many a jazz leader over the years. Blackwell was always associated with Ornette, playing with him later in the 1960s, and then forming "Old and New Dreams" with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Dewey Redman in the 1970s to play music that extended the Coleman Quartet in the direction of pan-African styles. Cherry and Blackwell made two excellent duet albums as well, "Mu" in 1969 (see my review) and "El Corazon" in 1982. Ed Blackwell, who suffered from kidney disease and underwent kidney dialysis for many years, died in 1992. Don Cherry died in 1995.

Anyone who decides that they seriously dig Ornette's music should save up and get "Beauty Is a Rare Thing," a 6-disc box that contains ALL the Atlantic recordings, not only the 6 original releases, but all the additional tracks that were collected in the later "Art of Improvisers" (released in 1970) and "Twins" (released in 1971), as well as tracks that were released only in Japan and some that were never released in any form. The summer 1960 sessions with Blackwell that produced "This Is Our Music" include more rare and never-before-heard tracks than any of the other dates. (A warehouse fire in 1976 destroyed tapes of additional Atlantic sessions, perhaps twice as much material as was saved.) The 70-page booklet, with great black-and-white photos, includes a 28-page essay by Robert Palmer, which is my source for much of the above information.

One further note to those interested in Ornette -- start with "Free Jazz" at your peril. It is the most difficult of his recordings, not his most successful, and should be heard only after hearing his fantastic quartet sessions. Personally, I recommend beginning with "The Shape of Jazz to Come" with Billy Higgins and "This Is Our Music" with Ed Blackwell.

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great work available for a new generation 8 April 2002
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Ornette Coleman was the first artist to really get me interested in jazz. I already had Kind of Blue and a couple Coltrane albums before I encountered Free Jazz, but was not too interested in the genre. Coleman changed that for me. This cd is representative of Coleman's work in the late 50s and early 60s which to me were the height of his brilliant career (also the height for a great many others, as well.) This album, for me, has a very similar vibe to Tomorrow is The Question and is just as good. I'm pretty sure this is the first place you'll find Coleman's quartet playing on a standard, "Embraceable You", which is excellently done, and very distinct from any other rendition I've heard.
Some jazz fans may be scared off by Coleman's association with the "free jazz" labeling, expecting chaos and lack of structure, but Coleman's improvisation is heavily rooted within a solid structure. The higher pitched playing of Don Cherry may take some getting used to, but all in all, this cd is an excellent representation of Coleman's work and deserves a place amongst the many landmark recordings of the era.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is some incredible music. 25 Oct 2000
By david marsalek - Published on
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I originally picked this hot number up on vinyl because I thought is wasn't around on CD. Well, here it is and go buy fast as you can. <Here's why> Firstly, the cover art is compelling, with the quartet's members standing there in suits, looking straight at you. They were definately pissed at the music scene then, and this album delivers their confidence with authority. They look like some badass mo' fo's! For all Ornette Coleman fans, this is a must. If you own Art of the Improvisers, you will notice 4 tunes that came from this session (This is our Music) and it's some of the sweetest post-bop ever recorded. There must have been something in the air that day on July 26th, 1961, because the interplay, connectivity, emotion, and prowess are all there. All of the tunes are Coleman originals except their version of "Embracable You" which remarkably sticks with Gershwin's chord changes. There are few numbers which just cook and others that go the opposite direction and are powerful ballads. All in all, I can't speak enough of this album, it just rules! Definately at the top of my Coleman list, and that's a pretty intense list with albums such as these in my collection: Shape of Jazz to Come, Change of the Century, Free Jazz, Stockholm vol's, and others. Finally, as a drummer, I am totally taken by Eddie Blackwell's command of the set and his melodic drumming style. I am currently studying Blackwell in this album's setting. A must buy..."free jazz at its best"!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Finally Found It! 12 Oct 1999
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This CD contains some of Ornette Coleman's best work on Atalantic Records. This album is not unavailible, because it is included in the "Bueaty is a Rare Thing" Box set. But, that is the only place in America you can find it! For listeners that enjoy the interplay between Don Cherry-Trumpet, Ed Blackwell-Drums Ornette Coleman-Sax(Alto)and Charlie Haden-Bass on Ornette's other early Atalantic albums should really invest in this one! Also, the original cover art for this album is one of the coolest in jazz history!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as always Ornette is amazing 28 May 2000
By teresa ruggles - Published on
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i just picked this record up today on vinyl and i am not disappointed. i have most of the stuff on Atlantic Records but this is one that has not been available in a while. If you are familiar with Ornette's music then you are familiar with his classic quartet. if you are not familiar with Ornette's music and want to expand your ear then give this or any of his early Atlantic recordings a try.
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