Chappaqua Suite CD
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"I didn't need to worry about keys, chords and melody if I had that emotion that brought tears and laughter to people's hearts." Ornette Coleman Originally commissioned by director Conrad Rooks for his a semi-autobiographic fable of drug addiction, film Chappaqua (1965), saxophonist Ornette Coleman s startlingly beautiful music was not in fact used on the final soundtrack (replaced by a Ravi Shankar score). Instead, Columbia Records released it as a double-album without promotion, and one of Coleman s most haunting recordings was soon out of print. Subsequent re-issues have been sporadic; in small, hard-to-find editions. Chappaqua Suite was the first recording to feature Coleman s trio with David Izenson on bass and drummer Charles Moffett. It was also his first recording with an 11 piece studio orchestra (arranged and conducted by Joseph Tekula). Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is featured on Part Four of the suite. Coleman actually appears briefly in the film. William S. Burroughs has a featured role.
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The four parts of 'Chappaqua Suite' stand up well on their own and provide a fascinating contrast between Coleman's brilliant jazz playing and his more formal work.
Long unavailable, FIVEFOUR records are to be congratulated for reissuing 'Chappaqua Suite' which is a valuable addition to any Ornette Coleman collection.
Hopefully, FIVEFOUR will one day reissue Ornette's 1966 film soundtrack 'Who's Crazy' last seen as a double-LP on AFFINITY(AFF 102).
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I'm not sure what the point of the extra musicians is - you've got some of the best jazz ever recorded by one of the best trios ever - this is like pouring cough medicine on a perfectly cooked steak.
Right now I'm working on building a time machine, the point of which is to go back and find some union violation that would prevent those 11 extra musicians from making it to the studio.