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4.0 out of 5 stars
definitely definitive if a little finite, 30 Dec. 2001
ORNETTE COLEMAN is amongst the greatest & underrated artists in history. Choosing a greatest hits set from his vast & wide-ranging catalogue is a hard task so Ken Burns' people should be praised for that if nothing else, I still don't agree w/ him stamping his name all over it & that of the other jazz greats, & for all the complaints about the doco's biases & Wynton Marsalis' "doodoodadadoo oh man that was gumbo" pointlessness, the fact that this collection appears in the racks @ yr local cd shop is something good [oh but there's always @ least 10 Coltrane titles]. Anyway, here you have a good introduction to the master's work, including the favourites Lonely Woman & Ramblin', the legendary Free Jazz First Take, a minimal European Echoes live in Sweden [I was more fmailiar w/ the electric quintet version on Body Meta, a great lp not represented here though its sister Dancing In Yr Head thankfully is] & more. The photos are well-chosen & liner notes are decent enough. Analysis aside, there's 76 minutes of life-affirming brilliant music here that any smart being should dig. Props to the players: Billy Higgins, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Charles Moffet, Eric Dolphy, Jamalaadeen Tacuma etc.