Ornette Coleman

The Music of Ornette Coleman: Forms and Sounds

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Legendary as the performer/composer who freed jazz from the harmony and songforms of Tin Pan Alley ballads, these pieces show more of Coleman's path since his densely chromatic orchestral piece "Skies of America" (some movements are entitled "Holiday for Heroes," "Place in Space," and "Foreigner in a Free Land"). The LP includes "Forms and Sounds" played by the Philadelphia Woodwind Quartet, with densities of melodies alternately free floating or played to an automaton pulse with bluesy, celebratory trumpet interludes played by Coleman. "Saints and Soldiers" embodies the repression by the religious and political contrasted with saintly discernment, and "Space Flight" has flashes of unidentified fluttering things which suddenly disappear. Performed by the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia String Quartet.