Ornette Coleman: Biosphere




Ornette Coleman (alto sax)


Sound Museum Three Women (Harmolodic/Verve 314 531 657-2)

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Ornette Coleman (alto sax),

Geri Allen (piano), Charnett Moffett (bass), Denardo Coleman (drums)


Composed by Ornette Coleman


Recorded: New York, 1996


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This piece kicks off with a skittish, funky display of virtuoso playing from Moffett, followed by a similarly playful yet somber statement from Geri Allen. While repeated listening exposes a relationship between both of these episodes and what is to come, they do stand oddly apart as well. I don't know which planet this tune would be a hit single on, but I want to go there. This is one of Coleman's short tunes that really define the iconoclastic nature of his art. At any given moment the casual listener might think the music has no rhyme or reason, only to hear the group touch down in a complex ensemble section. I found my ears totally engaged throughout this performance, and marveled as the layering of the four instruments makes it sound like much more is going on.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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