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The Shape of Jazz to Come

The Shape of Jazz to Come
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5 years, 6 months ago at Dec 30 13:22
I wouldn't go far as to say this is free jazz, as most people have labeled it as. It is avant-garde though. The title of the album says it all. Just read it out loud to yourself; The Shape of Jazz to Come. What was Ornette Coleman saying to us? He was telling us that the focus of jazz needs to change direction. He wasn't interested anymore in the sqaure box that a lot of fans where use to. He was ... read more
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Description: 0 0 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 ... (more)
Manufacturer: Atlantic
Release date: 25 October 1990
Number of discs: 1
EAN: 0075678133923 UPC: 075678133923
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"They say free jazz started here. Yet the biggest shock about this once-reviled record is just how accessible it now sounds. Coleman’s alto sax comes straight from the blues, and the tunes are effortlessly strong. Beautiful. Standout track: “Lonely Woman”"


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