Ornette Coleman Free Jazz/Ornette! on 180g Import 2LP
Two Original Albums Plus Bonus Track!
The inventor of what has been called "free jazz," Ornette Coleman belongs to that rare breed of artists/thinkers whose influence extends far beyond the realm of their chosen medium. Always putting his remarkable virtuosity at the service of melody and emotion, he has had a powerful impact on how musicians play, improvise, and compose, on how music lovers listen, on the color and sound of music the world over. Distinctive from the copycat attempts that followed, Coleman's 1960 magnum opus Free Jazz claims melody and harmony, solidifying the singular artist's reputation as a compositional genius. Of course, the presence of Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins and Ed Blackwell certainly doesn't hurt either. Vinyl Passion pairs the album - complete with bonus track "Ramblin" - with its 1962 follow-up Ornette! which finds Coleman and Co. (this time with the great Scott LaFaro in the fold) mining similar yet no less fascinating territory on tracks titled after the works of Sigmund Freud.