Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Shape of Jazz To Come

It's Sunday afternoon, and that means one thing here at Casa de NoWork: it's jazz time! One of my favorite things to do on Sundays is make a pot of coffee, settle down with my papers, and listen to some amazing jazz. Today I'll be working on my Art History studies, but the music will remain unchanged. Ornette Coleman has got to be one of the best jazz musicians I've heard. The interplay between his groups are what makes his music so interesting to me. The files I'm posting today are from his first two albums, what some have called his most accessible. "Angel Voice" from 1958's Something Else: The Music of Ornette Coleman, shows the stunning group work of Coleman, with Don Cherry, Walter Norris, Don Payne, and Billy Higgins. Starts off rather uptempo, but then draws back to an almost sultry pace. Around this time, Coleman was quoted as saying that "music will be a lot freer. The pattern for a tune, for instance, will be forgotten and the tune itself will be the pattern." Nowhere is this more evident than in the next selection, "Rejoicing", from Tomorrow Is The Question. Recorded in 1959, it again features the pairing of Coleman/Cherry, but there is a new rhythm section in Percy Heath, Red Mitchell, and Shelly Manne. Another fast-paced arrangement, this takes you in and doesn't let go until the very end. One of my favorites.
Hope you enjoy, and take care of yourselves.

Ornette Coleman - Angel Voice
Ornette Coleman - Rejoicing


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