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ARTIST
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The Shape Of Jazz To Come
FORMAT
LP

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SD 1317LP SD 1317LP
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RELEASE DATE
11/9/2009

Exact repro reissue of Ornette's 1959 debut for Atlantic, manufactured by Rhino. "Coleman's ideals of freedom in jazz made him a feared radical in some quarters; there was much carping about his music flying off in all directions, with little direct relation to the original theme statements. If only those critics could have known how far out things would get in just a few short years; in hindsight, it's hard to see just what the fuss was about, since this is an accessible, frequently swinging record. It's true that Coleman's piercing, wailing alto squeals and vocalized effects weren't much beholden to conventional technique, and that his themes often followed unpredictable courses, and that the group's improvisations were very free-associative. But at this point, Coleman's desire for freedom was directly related to his sense of melody -- which was free-flowing, yes, but still very melodic. Of the individual pieces, the haunting 'Lonely Woman' is a stone-cold classic, and 'Congeniality' and 'Peace' aren't far behind. Any understanding of jazz's avant-garde should begin here." -- All Music Guide