Complete Albums Collection: 1958-1962
4CD, Box Set
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One of the most innovative, experimental and outlandish figures in American jazz, saxophonist Ornette Coleman dramatically altered the direction of the genre. A leading musician on the avant-garde scene, Coleman was among the pioneers of the free jazz movement, alongside Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane. His unconventional techniques, stark arrangements and unique playing style opened up a host of possibilities for what could be achieved in the field of jazz, and in so doing he earned himself a reputation that is as potent today as ever it was. This 4CD set compiles all eight Ornette Coleman albums released between 1958 and 1962, from his stunning debut Something Else, through to his final album with the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Ornette On Tenor. Featuring over five hours of music, remastered to the highest standard possible, this collection serves as both an excellent starting point for those new to this musical genius, and as a welcome reminder of Coleman s most acclaimed and respected era, from a career that lasted the best part of 70 years, ended only by the man s passing in 2015 at the age of 85.
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In my initial enthusiasm for this set I missed mentioning 2 problems with it. First, there is no personnel listing - I've gone online and obtained that for each album myself and made an insert to put in the box. Second, the albums are not in strict chronological order, I assume this was done due to the lengths of the albums to match up two for each disc. so the evolutionary process is a little skewed. Otherwise it remains a great trip from bebop to beyond.