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This live session is full of beautiful music, music that is so honest and truthful in places it just breaks your heart.
Ornette Coleman's tone and attack are wonderful throughout. The harmonies go right to the heart of what he wants to put across. Greg Cohen's bowed bass line and Tony Falanga's picked, walking bass lines provide a superb accompaniment to Ornette Coleman's outstanding choice of notes, not least because of Denardo Coleman's sparse yet emphatic drumming. 'Waiting For You' immediately comes to mind as an example...
I don't think I have heard as exquisite a session as this for over a decade.
Coleman's younger contemporaries should take note that the occasional imperfect note does not detract from the whole - the heartfelt beauty of the music.
They should also note that although he's 76 now, Coleman never let his technique be the end and be all of his playing - as some I can name. His technique is there to convey what he wants to say - and he still has an immense amount to tell us.
I have not liked everything he has done, but it has alwasy struck me how melodic his compositions are - never mind how he breaks them up playing or how quickly he plays them, sometimes so fast you really don't know what it is you've heard.
The only time I felt disappointed was when he came to Ronnie Scott's with his violin and trumpet only, but he plays these instruments here the way he plays his alto - wonderful...
I think this is absolutely great music that you will never tire of, even when you think you have finally assimilated it; it is so emotionally true.