The Shape of Jazz To Come

Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz To Come
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Based on 98 ratings
1959 Ratings: #2
October 1, 1959 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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WhatTheFunk
99
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
EMR
91
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
Benny
90
#14 Of Jamal's Top 100 Favorite Albums

Do ya like jazz?
I do

The importance of this album thru out the years is incredible
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Jazz [5]
Aotyman58
88
This is the first album I'm hearing from the jazz genre and 50's decade & this has me excited to hear more.

FAVORITE TRACKS: Lovely Woman, Peace
100
A lot of people are unnecessarily afraid of Ornette Coleman because the words "free jazz" and "Avante-garde" have been used to his music. But his music is very approachable. This album is a big place to start for people who are new to Ornette. This album caused a stir in 1959 when it was expected to be released, with jazz critics exploding in wrath. The reason for all this furor? He chose not to use a chordal instrument on this music. No piano, no guitar.
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