Ornette Coleman & Joachim Kühn: Faxing




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


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

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

Composed by Ornette Coleman


Recorded: Leipzig, Germany, August 31, 1996


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Ornette Coleman seldom played or recorded with piano players. Here, he does so in duet with a German pianist, live in the latter's native city, where Bach lived and worked in the 18th century. Should we draw conclusions? First that the two musicians get along very well together, and that in fact Ornette has nothing against the piano, as he showed the same year with Geri Allen. Then that Coleman's supposedly "free" music has connections with Bach's as far as structure is concerned. This collaboration led Joachim Kühn to explore the link between his own classical breeding and Ornette's harmolodic system, which only confirms that connection.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum


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