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The Shape of Jazz to Come

Ornette Coleman

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The best of Ornette Coleman

As with so many great artists, the early work is the best. This is the album that changed jazz (and modern life) forever. No more endless bebop changes and blues solos; this was a statement of jazz as feeling, emotion and pure sound. In fact, the label of "jazz" is made irrelevant by this music. If you want to get some OC in your library, this is the one you MUST have.

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The best Jazz album ever?

It might be. Ornette Coleman sure did shape up Jazz music. This was album was so original and new when it came out. Coleman was probably the second best saxophone player after John Coltrane. You are only reading this because you like Jazz right? Well if you like jazz, then you need this in your cd collection or Itunes or whatever! This is a must have for any jazz fan.


Born: March 9, 1930 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most important (and controversial) innovators of the jazz avant-garde, Ornette Coleman gained both loyal followers and lifelong detractors when he seemed to burst on the scene in 1959 fully formed. Although he, and Don Cherry in his original quartet, played opening and closing melodies together, their solos dispensed altogether with chordal improvisation and harmony, instead playing quite freely off of the mood of the theme. Coleman's tone (which purposely wavered in pitch) rattled some...
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