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The Shape of Jazz to Come

The Shape of Jazz to Come
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4 years, 1 month 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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album of the year (1957-2016) (60 music items)

"1959 Favourite song: "Lonely Woman""


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markjazz posted a review 4 years, 1 month ago

“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 more into placing lines at certain corners to make the box three dimensional. That's what he does on this album. He places odd notes and high tones around a very structured rhythm pattern and bass. Take a look at what was going on in jazz in 1959. You had the most successful jazz albums coming out then and they were all cool or modal, something audiences could enjoy and not be too scared of. This ” read more

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""Coleman's sound was so out-there, one audience at an early gig threw his tenor sax over a cliff. He switched to alto and pioneered free jazz: no chords, no harmony, any player can take the lead. Here, his music can be just as lyrical as it is demanding, particularly on the haunting "Lonely Woman."'"


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