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Ornette Coleman (1930 - )

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Jackson Pollock's 'White Light' appears through a hole cut in the sleeve of Ornette Coleman's 'Free Jazz' LP (Atlantic 1364) but, like the previously mentioned covers for Daydream Nation (featuring Richter's 'Two Candles') and The Faust Tapes (Riley's 'Crest'), it isn't strictly a cover design. --http://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=440 [Sept 2005]

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Ornette Coleman (born March 19, 1930) was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s, and one of the more notable figures in jazz history.

Coleman was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he began performing R&B and bebop initially on tenor saxophone. He later switched to alto, which has remained his primary instrument. Coleman's timbre is perhaps one of the most easily recognized in jazz: his keening, crying sound draws heavily on blues music. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornette_Coleman [Apr 2005]

The Shape of Jazz to Come is an album by Ornette Coleman. It was his debut album for Atlantic Records, who released it in late 1959. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shape_of_Jazz_to_Come [Dec 2005]

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  • The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959) - Ornette Coleman [1 CD, Amazon US]
    On this highly influential 1959 album, Ornette Coleman's unique writing style and idiosyncratic solo language forever changed the jazz landscape. On classics such as "Lonely Woman," "Congeniality," and "Focus on Sanity," Coleman used the tunes' moods and melodic contours, rather than their chords, as a basis for his improvisations. In so doing, he opened up jazz soloing immensely and ushered in new freedoms--both individually and collectively. Lest these innovations sound too dry or abstract, it must be noted that both Coleman and trumpeter Don Cherry play with a deep-felt emotion and joy that is as infectious today as it was then. This is truly an essential jazz recording, marking the end of one era, providing the blueprint for the next. --Wally Shoup for amazon.com

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