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Ornette Coleman

Happy Birthday to Ornette Coleman!!

The year was 1959, and Coleman made two landmark albums of “Free Jazz” that was to change the way we look and think about jazz today. Tomorrow Is The Question a “pianoless” quartet album on the Contemporary label with an incredible rhythm section comprised of Shelly Manne, Percy Heath, and Red Mitchell, sharing bass duties and Don Cherry on Trumpet. WOW!!

The Shape Of Jazz To Come was a Atlantic label album of the same year. These two albums push the envelope of jazz to the limit. His quartet had a lengthy engagement at NewYorks “Five Spot” which was controversial to say the least, but drew much attention. His music is genus and a gift to jazz, discover and enjoy.

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  1. March 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Happy birthday Ornette! I believe that same year Coltrane recorded “The Avant Garde” with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell.


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