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This Is Our Music

This Is Our Music

October 18, 2005
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"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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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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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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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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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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