The Shape of Jazz to Come

The Shape of Jazz to Come

by Ornette ColemanOrnette Coleman


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Anger sometimes tints the art of renegades, but as trumpet player Don Cherry blends his lines with Ornette Coleman's alto sax on this cornerstone of modern jazz, it's obvious that Coleman, the idiosyncratic composer, has joy in his heart. Sorrow, too: The forlorn mood that Coleman's quartet conjures on "Lonely Woman" has secured its status as one of the music's most deeply felt ballads. That respect wasn't the case initially: When Coleman dumped chord structures as the impetus for his solos in the late '50s, many members of the jazz audience were plenty befuddled. However, those who connected with the bandleader's sound were privy to a small miracle. Charlie Haden's strummed bass and Billy Higgins's cymbal chatter helped Coleman swing in a novel way -- just listen to the refracted bop of "Congeniality" or "Focus on Sanity." It wasn't long before the charm of the foursome's creativity tromped the initial wariness, and THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME helped turn the tide. A gorgeous record pushing a highly original agenda, its innovations and beauty are still being assessed to this day.

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Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC: 0081227313326
catalogNumber: 273133
Rank: 21075

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