Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns Jazz

by Ornette Coleman
     
 

Ornette Coleman absorbed diverse musical strains during his Forth Worth upbringing - and he brought it all with him when he moved to melting-pot Los Angeles in the early Fifties. He soon fell in with like-minded restless musical souls who were looking for something else - new ways to play the many folk-blues idioms that dot the country. When Coleman's urban take on… See more details below

Overview

Ornette Coleman absorbed diverse musical strains during his Forth Worth upbringing - and he brought it all with him when he moved to melting-pot Los Angeles in the early Fifties. He soon fell in with like-minded restless musical souls who were looking for something else - new ways to play the many folk-blues idioms that dot the country. When Coleman's urban take on his musical past emerged, people didn't hear the rural in it. Like all true radicals, Coleman's message was always a roots one. And now the rich, plaintive sound of his alto saxophone, its power undiminshed after more than forty years, is plainly felt, one of the most beautiful things in all music.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. The Ornette Coleman installment of Ken Burns Jazz naturally concentrates on his hugely influential recordings for Atlantic, but also devotes four of the 11 tracks to his equally controversial '70s output, including the electric Prime Time band. Given the limitations of the single-disc format, the compilers have successfully represented the most important phases of Coleman's career. There's one piece from his formative pre-Atlantic years, which is followed by several less structured yet melodic Coleman classics like "Lonely Woman" and "Ramblin'," plus his legendary inside-out version of "Embraceable You." Coleman's Free Jazz (A Collective Improvisation) album was a landmark, but including its one 37-minute track would hardly have made for a balanced retrospective, so the compilers instead wisely chose "First Take," a sort of dry run for Free Jazz that's less than half that length and appeared on the Atlantic box. There's also one selection apiece from the frequently fascinating '70s albums Science Fiction, Skies of America, Dancing in Your Head, and Body Meta, which found Coleman experimenting with world music, large orchestras, and electric funk/free jazz fusion. The only glaring omission is the classic "Una Muy Bonita," probably Coleman's secondary signature tune after "Lonely Woman." Of course, there's a lot more Coleman that should be heard, but all things considered -- especially since it draws from multiple labels -- Ken Burns Jazz is likely the most comprehensive single-disc Coleman compilation that will ever be released.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646145029
catalogNumber:
61450

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ornette Coleman   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
London Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer
Bobby Bradford   Cornet
Don Cherry   Cornet
Eric Dolphy   Bass Clarinet
Billy Higgins   Drums
Walter Norris   Piano
Dewey Redman   Tenor Saxophone
David Izenzon   Bass
Charles Moffett   Drums
Ronald Shannon Jackson   Drums,Overdubs
Ed Blackwell   Drums
Charles Ellerbee   Guitar
Charlie Haden   Bass
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Jamaaladeen Tacuma   Bass
Scott LaFaro   Bass
David Measham   Conductor
Bern Nix   Guitar
Don Payne   Bass

Technical Credits

Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Kevin Reeves   Mastering
Francis Davis   Liner Notes
William Claxton   Cover Photo
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Carlos Kase   Discographical Information
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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