Ornette Coleman

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This is an unusual and very stimulating double CD. On the first CD, Ornette Coleman, on alto and tenor, has a reunion with his original quartet, which is comprised of trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins. The second CD features Coleman's then-current edition of his "double quartet" Prime Time with guitarists Charlie Ellerbe and Bern Nix, electric bassists Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Al MacDowell, and drummers Denardo Coleman and Calvin Weston. Five of the ten songs the quartet plays are also heard in versions by Prime Time, and the latter electric group almost makes the acoustic unit sound conservative in comparison. While the quartet displays subtle use of space and interplay between the musicians, Prime Time comes across as overcrowded and loud, but no less stimulating. Highly recommended to fans of Ornette Coleman.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:35 Amazon
2 03:32 Amazon
3 02:58 Amazon
4 03:16 Amazon
5 03:59 Amazon
6 03:39 Amazon
7 03:33 Amazon
8 03:08 Amazon
9 03:45 Amazon
10 03:14 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
03:00 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
04:28 Amazon
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02:29 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
02:45 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
03:10 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
02:29 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
03:49 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
04:34 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
02:28 Amazon
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03:06 Amazon
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02:20 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
02:49 Amazon
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feat: Prime Time
02:23 Amazon
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