Soprano saxophonist Joe Rosenberg, along with bassist Michael Silverman, drummer Bobby Lurie, and guest tenor Dewey Redman, present an energetic set of Ornette Coleman originals. These six tracks spotlight the early Coleman quartet, pre-Dewey Redman (who joined Ornette in 1967). Recorded live in San Francisco in 1995, this ensemble picks up where Old and New Dreams (an earlier Coleman offshoot with original quartet members Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell, plus Redman) left off. Affinity does not just blindly recreate Coleman's music note for note (an idea Coleman would no doubt shun). The musicians are absorbed in stating Coleman's memorable themes only as a starting point, then cutting them loose into unchartered free bop territory. The absence of alto saxophone and pocket trumpet should be noted.
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell