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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is an unusual and very stimulating double CD. On the first CD, Ornette Coleman, on alto and tenor, has a reunion with his original quartet, which is comprised of trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins. The second CD features Coleman's then-current edition of his "double quartet" Prime Time with guitarists Charlie Ellerbe and Bern Nix, electric bassists Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Al MacDowell, and drummers Denardo Coleman and Calvin Weston. Five of the ten songs the quartet plays are also heard in versions by Prime Time, and the latter electric group almost makes the acoustic unit sound conservative in comparison. While the quartet displays ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is an unusual and very stimulating double CD. On the first CD, Ornette Coleman, on alto and tenor, has a reunion with his original quartet, which is comprised of trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins. The second CD features Coleman's then-current edition of his "double quartet" Prime Time with guitarists Charlie Ellerbe and Bern Nix, electric bassists Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Al MacDowell, and drummers Denardo Coleman and Calvin Weston. Five of the ten songs the quartet plays are also heard in versions by Prime Time, and the latter electric group almost makes the acoustic unit sound conservative in comparison. While the quartet displays subtle use of space and interplay between the musicians, Prime Time comes across as overcrowded and loud, but no less stimulating. Highly recommended to fans of Ornette Coleman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453191525
  • Catalog Number: 531915

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ornette Coleman Primary Artist, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Don Cherry Trumpet
Billy Higgins Drums
Al Macdowell Bass
Prime Time Track Performer
Denardo Coleman Drums
Charles Ellerbee Guitar
Charlie Haden Bass
Jamaaladeen Tacuma Bass
Bern Nix Guitar
Ornette Coleman Quartet Track Performer
Calvin Weston Drums
Technical Credits
Denardo Coleman Producer
Ed Rak Engineer
Gary Lambert Liner Notes
Kathelin Hoffman Executive Producer
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