Ornette Coleman: Broad Way Blues


Broad Way Blues (aka Broadway Blues)


Ornette Coleman (alto sax)


New York Is Now (Blue Note 84287)

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Ornette Coleman (alto sax), Dewey Redman (tenor sax), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Recorded: New York, April 29 or May 7, 1968


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

When Ornette Coleman burst onto the national scene with his first album in 1958, his unorthodox style created great controversy—some listeners loved it, others hated it. But Coleman went on to become one of the most influential jazz musicians of the mid-20th century. His radical approach to improvising—free from harmonic, metric, and formal restrictions—helped usher in the free jazz movement of the 1960s. Recorded a decade after his debut, his own "Broad Way Blues" (aka "Broadway Blues") clearly illustrates Coleman’s passionate, blues-influenced style.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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