Coleman’s Free Jazz Album Explored

Source: WSJ.

On Dec. 21, 60 years ago, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman gathered eight musicians, all now significant jazz names, at A&R Studios in New York. The 36 minutes and 23 seconds of continuous music resulting from this session were released in 1961 by Atlantic Records, without retakes or edits, as “Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation by the Ornette Coleman Double Quartet.” Even within a jazz world upended by game-changing innovations in 1959 from the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and Coleman himself, this music was shocking.

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