Ornette Coleman: Eventually




Ornette Coleman (alto sax)


The Shape of Jazz to Come (WEA/Warner 25109)

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Ornette Coleman (alto sax), Don Cherry (trumpet), Charlie Haden (bass), Billy Higgins (drums).

Recorded: New York, May 22, 1959


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Ornette Coleman’s pianoless quartet stunned the jazz world when they opened at the Five Spot in New York in 1959. Their open and free sound defied harmonic and rhythmic conventions, leaving listeners either bewildered or thrilled, but captivated regardless. Don Cherry sounds like no previous trumpeter. His stuffy tone and questionable technique are compensated by the freshness of his ideas. There is a sense of discovery in all he plays and he continually surprises, leaving the listener hanging on every note—waiting eagerly to see what he will do next. A unique soloist on a groundbreaking album.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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