Shape of Jazz to Come [VINYL] Import
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Coleman has an original approach to jazz that focusses on not on chords but individual expression. The opening moments of the first track, Lonely Woman, has Coleman and Cherry playing together without chords but it all merges to be exciting, emotional playing. The remaining tracks build on this and as a piece this creates a memorable album.
like many jazz enthusiasts, I have lost whole evenings to free jazz and wondered why I'd bothered. This album shows what can be done in the hands of a master.
This is not a recording to fear or from which to shy. It is groundbreaking but accessible. I had the pleasure to see Coleman live a few years ago on his 75th birthday. His engaged and even ferocious playing belied his frailty and disarming modesty and compelled me to return to his blueprint literally of the shape of jazz to come. To paraphrase someone, this recording is, and is intended to be, seminal.
It's interesting that albums with such grandiose titles (The Shape of Jazz to Come, Change of the Century, Art of the Improvisers...) should be in many ways so measured and reflective. But what is clear is that this was unashamedly challenging music.
Ornette Coleman had invented something he called harmolodics, used to describe an implied harmony that emerges from the melodic line. The Shape of Jazz to Come is a supreme example of this new approach to making jazz. The music this quartet made was quiet, but the revolution it initiated was wholly indiscreet. No-one could be indifferent to Ornette Coleman. People called it "free jazz" and Ornette himself made a now seminal album of that name a few months later (Atlantic probably wanted to exploit the buzzword of the year), attempting to encapsulate the concept.
Free jazz actually developed into something quite different. But there is no question that the sense of freedom evoked by Ornette's visionary juxtaposition of spontaneous improvisation and structured composition is overwhelming, and justifiably caused both artists and critics to rethink the parameters of the music all over again. Shape contains the first recording of Ornette's most well-known composition, "Lonely Woman", and the stirring "Peace".
The Shape of Jazz to Come was one of the first avant-garde jazz albums ever recorded. It was recorded in 1959 by Coleman's piano-less quartet. The album was considered shocking at the time, because it had no recognizable chord structure and included simultaneous improvisation by the performers in a much freer style than previously seen in jazz.
CD2: Something Else
Studio album by Ornette Coleman, Recorded February 10, 1958 - March 24, 1958, Running time approx 42 minutes. Original released on the Contemporary label. Producer Lester Koenig
Something Else is the 1958 debut album by jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman. It is said that the album "shook up the jazz world", revitalizing the union of blues and jazz and restoring "blues to their 'classic' beginnings in African music".
This is another welcome release from Not Now Music and they have plans for many more such reissues from the essential jazz catalogue. The sound quality is excellent and the liner notes once more by Peter Gamble make interesting reading. The packaging looks good and if you have bought a few of these in recent months then you will know that they are a quality production. Great value.
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This is a replica of an original album issued by the famous producer Atlantic. Nothing on the cover mentioned the source used for cutting this vinyl. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Silviu
Fun, sophisticated, years ahead of everyone else at the time. Very Parkeresque.Published 9 months ago by Mr. Richard J. Dunn
I bought this out of curiosity- he was praised by musicians I rate- and the harmonies on Lonely Woman blew me away. I'll listen to the rest of the album soon. Definitely.Published 13 months ago by Mr. William E. King