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This Is Our Music [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Ornette ColemanAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sepia Tone
  • ASIN: B000060O15
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Never has a title been more accurate than the Ornette Coleman Quartet's This Is Our Music. With Coleman in the lead, the legendary quartet (which also included bassist Charlie Haden, trumpeter Don Cherry, and drummer Ed Blackwell) literally created a new "harmolodic" jazz language that destroyed popular conventions of harmony, melody, and rhythm. It's an accepted concept that Coleman still uses today, but it was never more controversial than when the band cut this music in 1960. Even though Coleman fans can find the material that made up this album on Rhino's Beauty Is a Rare Thing box set, this is the first time that the original landmark album is available domestically on CD in its original format. Unfortunately, there is no new deluxe packaging or additional material, but the music has been remastered to give this album its best production values ever. Released on the Sepia-Tone archive label, this reasonably priced reissue is required listening for any fan of adventurous jazz. --Tad Hendrickson

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ornette reunited with Ed Blackwell July 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"This Is Our Music" is one of the essential discs Ornette Coleman recorded for Atlantic from 1959 to 1961, and the most important thing about it is that it reunites Ornette with Ed Blackwell for the first time on record. Blackwell was the first drummer to collaborate in making Ornette's music, and played a critical role, but was not able to play on the first several albums. Billy Higgins is a phenomenal drummer, and added something special of his own to "The Shape of Jazz to Come" and "Change of the Century," but Blackwell's New Orleans polyrhythms are documented for the first time with "This Is Our Music." As the story goes, Ornette, from Ft. Worth, was touring the South with an R&B band. Some locals objected to his innovative style, beat him up, and threw his tenor off a hill, leaving him stranded in New Orleans in 1949. He stayed with a friend's family for several months, borrowing his friend's brother's horn so he could practice while he tried to secure another gig. It was during that time that he met Ed Blackwell, and they played together as Ornette first developed his innovative style. Later in the mid-50s they were both in L.A., and played together, practicing Ornette's large and growing number of compositions, along with Don Cherry and Charlie Haden.
It takes some effort to piece together the chronology of Ornette's recordings, and so here is the list of the Atlantic records (the first two on Contemporary, "Something Else!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great work available for a new generation April 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ornette Coleman was the first artist to really get me interested in jazz. I already had Kind of Blue and a couple Coltrane albums before I encountered Free Jazz, but was not too interested in the genre. Coleman changed that for me. This cd is representative of Coleman's work in the late 50s and early 60s which to me were the height of his brilliant career (also the height for a great many others, as well.) This album, for me, has a very similar vibe to Tomorrow is The Question and is just as good. I'm pretty sure this is the first place you'll find Coleman's quartet playing on a standard, "Embraceable You", which is excellently done, and very distinct from any other rendition I've heard.
Some jazz fans may be scared off by Coleman's association with the "free jazz" labeling, expecting chaos and lack of structure, but Coleman's improvisation is heavily rooted within a solid structure. The higher pitched playing of Don Cherry may take some getting used to, but all in all, this cd is an excellent representation of Coleman's work and deserves a place amongst the many landmark recordings of the era.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is some incredible music. October 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I originally picked this hot number up on vinyl because I thought is wasn't around on CD. Well, here it is and go buy it...as fast as you can. <Here's why> Firstly, the cover art is compelling, with the quartet's members standing there in suits, looking straight at you. They were definately pissed at the music scene then, and this album delivers their confidence with authority. They look like some badass mo' fo's! For all Ornette Coleman fans, this is a must. If you own Art of the Improvisers, you will notice 4 tunes that came from this session (This is our Music) and it's some of the sweetest post-bop ever recorded. There must have been something in the air that day on July 26th, 1961, because the interplay, connectivity, emotion, and prowess are all there. All of the tunes are Coleman originals except their version of "Embracable You" which remarkably sticks with Gershwin's chord changes. There are few numbers which just cook and others that go the opposite direction and are powerful ballads. All in all, I can't speak enough of this album, it just rules! Definately at the top of my Coleman list, and that's a pretty intense list with albums such as these in my collection: Shape of Jazz to Come, Change of the Century, Free Jazz, Stockholm vol's, and others. Finally, as a drummer, I am totally taken by Eddie Blackwell's command of the set and his melodic drumming style. I am currently studying Blackwell in this album's setting. A must buy..."free jazz at its best"!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Finally Found It! October 12, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This CD contains some of Ornette Coleman's best work on Atalantic Records. This album is not unavailible, because it is included in the "Bueaty is a Rare Thing" Box set. But, that is the only place in America you can find it! For listeners that enjoy the interplay between Don Cherry-Trumpet, Ed Blackwell-Drums Ornette Coleman-Sax(Alto)and Charlie Haden-Bass on Ornette's other early Atalantic albums should really invest in this one! Also, the original cover art for this album is one of the coolest in jazz history!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as always Ornette is amazing May 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
i just picked this record up today on vinyl and i am not disappointed. i have most of the stuff on Atlantic Records but this is one that has not been available in a while. If you are familiar with Ornette's music then you are familiar with his classic quartet. if you are not familiar with Ornette's music and want to expand your ear then give this or any of his early Atlantic recordings a try.
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