Ornette Coleman: ‘Genesis of Genius’ Album Review 

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The likes of Charles Mingus and Leonard Bernstein would later applaud him, but Coleman was even beaten early on by a group of musicians outside a venue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The story may have taken on some apocryphal dimensions, with details changing slightly the more Coleman told it, but what we do know is that his horn didn’t survive the altercation. Hence his use of an alto made of plastic for the sessions that would yield Something Else!!!!, which has been re-packaged, along with Coleman’s sophomore effort, 1959’s Tomorrow Is The Question!, as the handsome double reissue Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Recordings.