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ARTIST
TITLE
The Shape of Jazz to Come
FORMAT
LP

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OUT 5007LP OUT 5007LP
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RELEASE DATE
10/14/2014

A watershed album in the genesis of avant-garde jazz, Ornette Coleman's 1959 The Shape of Jazz to Come is true to his title. Switching from tenor to alto sax, Ornette literally invents free jazz by approaching classic structures in a revolutionary way, and creating a language where chord structures are absent (he refused to use any piano or guitar on this music) and harmony gives way to improvisational whims. Backed by an all-star line-up consisting of Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, and Don Cherry, this is the album that freed jazz and reinvented it. 180 gram vinyl.