Reissue of his 1959 album. Featuring the extraordinary talents of Don Cherry, Charlie Haden & Billy Higgins. Warner Jazz.
Ornette Coleman suggests in his liner notes for this 1960 release that "there is no single right
way to play jazz." He and this, his great quartet (with Don Cherry
, pocket trumpet; Charlie Haden
, bass; and Billy Higgins, drums), fully confirm that statement and dismiss the railings of Coleman's detractors. This classic's assurance and achievement fully justify its cocky title. In its free group improvising, as Coleman puts it, "each member goes his own way and still adds tellingly to the group endeavor." The later formalization of that approach, as "harmolodics," was from this point inevitable. The selections include tunes like "Ramblin'" and "Una Muy Bonita" that would be standards today if more musicians had deigned to venture down the paths that Coleman blazed. --Peter Monaghan