ORNETTE COLEMAN R.I.P. 1930-2015
Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on June 11, 2015 in Manhattan. He was 85. The cause was cardiac arrest, a family representative said. Coleman widened the options in jazz and helped change its course. Partly through his example in the late 1950s and early ’60s, jazz became less beholden to the rules of harmony and rhythm and gained more distance from the American songbook repertoire. His own music, then and later, embodied a new type of highly informed folk song: deceptively simple melodies for small groups with an intuitive, collective musical language and a strategy for playing without preconceived chord sequences. In 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his album “Sound Grammar.”
His early work — a personal answer to his fellow alto saxophonist and innovator Charlie Parker — lay right within the jazz tradition and generated a handful of standards for jazz musicians of the last half-century. But he later challenged assumptions about jazz from top to bottom, bringing in his own ideas about instrumentation, process and technical expertise. He was more voluble and theoretical than John Coltrane, the other great pathbreaker of that jazz era. He was a kind of musician-philosopher, whose interests went well beyond jazz. He was seen as a native avant-gardist, personifying the American independent will as much as any artist of the last century. - The New York Times
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Reflections of The Shape Of Jazz To Come [no label, 2CD]
Meltdown Festival. Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK. June 19, 2009. Good to very good audience recording.
Thanks to inkyfingers who recorded and shared the tracks at Dime.
This was the first of two Coleman concerts at the 2009 Meltdown Festival (June 13-21) which he curated. The second, two nights later, was titled “Reflections of This Is Our Music” and was later included in The Guardian’s list of 50 Top Moments in Jazz. Sadly, I wasn’t at that one.
John Eyles, allaboutjazz.com:
This Meltdown was such a success because it became a huge celebration of over 50 years of Ornette Coleman  and his music. In concerts, on film and through guests, many facets of Colman’s music were celebrated. The two concerts featuring Coleman and his band were billed as “Reflections of The Shape of Jazz to Come” and “Reflections of This is Our Music.” Many audience members came expecting recreations of those two classic Colman albums. In true Coleman style, the reality belied such expectations. With his band of son Denardo on drums, Tony Falanga on double bass, Al MacDowell on bass guitar plus sundry guests, the original albums were used as inspiration for improvisation and exploration. Tellingly, much of the focus was on Coleman’s own soloing. He was in flowing, fluid form on sax, and - in the absence of a trumpet player to duet with - he also contributed some incisive interjections on trumpet.
Recorded from third row, right hand side, on Sony Hi MD mini disc ecorder in Hi LP. Converted to flac in Magix ACL.
Also, thanks to Professor Goody and glockenspiel for the setlist.
Picture by Aworan, posted at aworan.wordpress.com - Thanks!
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Track 101. Intro 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 102. Following The Sound 3:25 (5.7MB)
Track 103. Blues Connotation 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 104. Jordan 4:59 (8.4MB)
Track 105. Sleep Talking 4:12 (7.1MB)
Track 106. Chronology 5:43 (9.6MB)
Track 107. Bach, Cello Suite No. 1 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 108. Turnaround 5:00 (8.4MB)
Track 201. Call To Duty 4:58 (8.3MB)
Track 202. Peace 7:44 (13.0MB)
Track 203. Untitled (with Patti Smith) 9:19 (15.7MB)
Track 204. Congeniality 9:06 (15.3MB)
Track 205. 911 (with Master Musicians of Jajouka) 18:38 (31.3MB)
Track 206. Theme From A Symphony (Song World) 5:49 (9.8MB)
Track 207. Song X 8:30 (14.3MB)
1 hour 41 mins
Ornette Coleman - sax, trumpet
Bill Frisell - guitar
Tony Falanga - dbl bass
Al MacDowell - bass guitar
Denardo Coleman - drums
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