The Shape of Jazz To Come

Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz To Come
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The History of the Albums - n° 120

[I invite you to read my previous reviews on Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra, you will find the list of albums below this review, in order to learn more about free-jazz and avant-garde jazz] Although the first traces of what we call free-jazz or avant-garde jazz began to emerge in the early 50s, it is especially at the end of the decade that the pioneers Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman defined these styles. Although these styles can be confused, there ... read more


The title of the album, "The Shape Of Jazz To Come" perfectly summarizes the claim and the importance of the album. Released in 1959, this jazz record by Ornette Coleman (alto saxophonist) is one of the general jazz classics, and a totally avant-garde record, considered the first free-jazz album of the history, 38 minutes during which Coleman revolutionized jazz with as much force as Miles Davis, the same year, with "Kind Of Blue". "The Shape Of Jazz To Come", all ... read more


Former humble blues alto saxophonist in Texas, Ornette Coleman was already a master of the jazz studies in the late 50s, having a series of fantastic releases under his belt, and a full-fledged artistic vision that led to a deconstruction of the whole jazz panorama. While on his previous works he challenged concepts of modal-music and tonal center, he went even further on the stripped-down manifesto of The Shape of Jazz to Come, a literal title for a short, but incredibly eloquent (and bold) ... read more


There has never been a more apt album title than Ornette's The Shape of Jazz To Come. These are the building blocks of avant-garde and free jazz. He's mastered every major style and here tore it all down to the bare essentials and started from scratch, building his sound and a movement to go along with it.


I mean he wasn't kidding


screw it i'm bumping it up from a 99, this is one of the best albums ever made. Not much else to say. At least 10 years ahead of its time, this truly does outline the shape of jazz to come. Lonely Woman is one of the best jazz tracks of all time

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Added on: January 31, 2014