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Atlantic recordings previously available only as part of a box-set (and before that, in Japan alone, on vinyl).

With Scott La Faro (bass), Ed Blackwell (drums), Don Cherry (trumpet), Charlie Haden (bass), Billy Higgins (drums); also Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet) and Freddie Hubbard (trumpet).

Ornette Coleman (alto sax, trumpet, violin), Dewey Redman (tenor sax, musette), Ed Blackwell (drums), Charlie Haden (bass).

His symphony for string orchestra (and drums, sax). Brooding, profoundly evocative, achingly beautiful, with the democratic, cosmic vision of Walt Whitman reborn. An amazing, neglected record, warmly recommended.

Brought together by John Lewis as a benefit concert, the overlapping line-ups are pretty mind-boggling: Ornette, Jimmy Giuffre, Kenny Dorham, Ian Underwood, Don Cherry, Ran Blake, Perry Robinson…

Original copies of the 1987 double-LP: OC on one record with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins; on the other with Prime Time… Bern Nix, Denardo, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and co.

Already his own man in this 1958 recording debut, on plastic alto, with Don Cherry and Billy Higgins in the line-up from the get-go. Great OC tunes, bluesy and wonky, not really something else quite yet. DC’s ace. LP from Dol.