Ornette Coleman & Joachim Kuhn: House of Stained Glass


House of Stained Glass


Ornette Coleman (alto sax) and Joachim Kuhn (piano)


Colors: Live from Leipzig (Harmolodic/Verve: 314 537 789-2)

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Ornette Coleman (alto sax), Joachim Kuhn (piano).

Recorded: Leipzig, Germany August 31, 1996


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This live performance offers further evidence of Coleman’s unique melodic vision. The piano intro sets us up for the reading of the head, which displays the usual somewhat abstruse logic of this visionary’s compositional gifts. The interaction between the two would be awe-inspiring if one hadn’t come to expect this level of virtuosity from Coleman’s projects. That being said Kuhn sounds wonderful here, soloing and throughout. I am always thrilled to hear Ornette’s alto in less than familiar surroundings – especially a spare setting such as this. It reminds me what all the fuss was about, so long ago.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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