Ornette Coleman

Harlem's Manhattan

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Tracks taken from two gigs at in 1961 in New York. The Ornette Coleman band includes Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, and either Scott LaFaro on bass -- his style is so distinctive you can hear him on the middle portion of the disc, and Jimmy Garrison. These recordings are stellar both in presentation -- sound is wonderful -- as well as musicanship. LaFaro's playing on "Check Up," "W.R.U." offers an incredible insight into these sides as LaFaro completely understood the circular notion of rhythm in Coleman's early work.

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