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Friends & Neighbors Import, Original recording remastered

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Remastered reissue of 1970 album. Packaged in a digipak reproduction of the original artwork. One of his lesser known releases featuring Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell. The full title is 'Friends and Neighbors-Ornette Coleman Live At Prince Street'.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Friends And Neighbors (Vocal)
  2. Friends And Neighbors (Instrumental)
  3. Long Time No See
  4. Lets Play
  5. Forgotten Songs
  6. Tomorrow


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA Victor Europe
  • ASIN: B00005IAWR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ornette Coleman has invented an entirely new style of music, harmolodics. Harmolodics "seeks to free musical compositions from a tonal center, allowing harmonic progression independent of traditional European notions of tension and release," according to Wikipedia. Got that?

So harmonically this music sounds weird at first. Then it starts to sound cool. Then it starts to sound REALLY cool. Then you're reviewing it on Amazon for free. The key is having great musicians who really understand the concept, and that Ornette has assembled here: Charlie Haden on bass (possibly the world's greatest living jazz bass player); Ed Blackwell on the drums (in my top 3 or 5 drummers all time, and most people don't even know his name); and the late Dewey Redman, another unsung hero of modern jazz--a really, really strong player with a never-ending string of great ideas in his playing.

So four tight musicians, an exciting musical concept, good recording quality--oh, and everybody plays like their lives depended on it. Which seems to happen when people play with Ornette. Some people just have that talent of pulling it out of people. Miles certainly had it. Duke had it. I think Ornette does, too.

This album is definitely not for the faint of heart. It's not background music. It demands to be listened to. If that's a disclaimer, so be it. Otherwise, turn it up as loud as your neighbors and local zoning laws allow, and get your freak on.
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