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Ken Burns Jazz [Ornette Coleman]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 750192

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    Personnel: Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone, percussion); David Measham (conductor); Dewey Redman (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Don Cherry (pocket trumpet, pocket cornet); Bobby Bradford (cornet); Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet); Walter Norris (piano); Charles Ellerbee, Bern Nix (guitar); Don Payne, Charlie Haden, Scott LaFaro, David Izenzon, Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass); Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums, percussion); Billy Higgins, Ed Blackwell, Charles Moffett (drums); Bob Burford (percussion); The London Symphony Orchestra.
    Recorded between 1958 and 1975. Includes liner notes by Francis Davis.
    Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
    This is part of the Columbia/Legacy Ken Burns JAZZ series.
    Alto saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman is one of the most controversial and influential figures in jazz history. In the late 1950s, Coleman introduced a radically different style of jazz improvisation less reliant on chord changes, and emphasizing modes, scales, and raw emotion. Some thought he was brilliant (Leonard Bernstein, John Lewis), others thought him a fraud (Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge). Coleman influenced much of the jazz to come (Roscoe Mitchell, John Zorn) as well as music outside jazz (Lou Reed, the Grateful Dead).
    This set is an excellent overview of the huge body of work that is Coleman's career. It spans the classic 1959 quartet with Don Cherry and Charlie Haden ("Lonely Woman," still one of the most affecting jazz tunes ever written), and his ongoing electric Prime Time band ("Theme From a Symphony Variation 2"), which encompassed blues, rock, minimalism, free improvisation, and ethnic music. In between is "First Take," from the collective improvisation album FREE JAZZ, and a short excerpt from Coleman's symphonic composition SKIES OF AMERICA played by the London Symphony Orchestra. As this disc draws from several record labels, it's likely to be the most comprehensive Ornette Coleman audio biography, and is highly recommended to avant-jazz novices.

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