Monumental Ornette. Bley is nominal leader; Ornette bosses things, running free with Cherry. The Blessing, a Bird, an Eldridge, Ramblin’... The complete show, decently recorded, on audiophile clear vinyl.
Also known as Eternal Now, and made in Sweden.
The trumpet-playing may be restricted to the cover-snap only, but this is still a lovely, warm, playful world-jazz record.
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.
It isn’t, of course — with its own thriving lineup, diverse material, and funky old Tacuma himself — but this is so suffused with his genius, and with his playing all over it, at times it’s like a new Ornette album.