Today marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time - Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come. Ornette and his quartet ditched the normal chord structure and played what they felt, and it remains one of the most emotive sessions ever. The compositions are hauntingly beautiful ("Lonely Woman" is probably my all-time favorite song), but the improvisation launched a whole new style of creative music that persists in shattering boundaries to this day.
Post by steveternal on May 22, 2009 13:44:20 GMT -5
One of many milestone jazz albums celebrating a half-centennial this year. We also get to reflect on "Kind of Blue", "Giant Steps", "Time Out" and "Mingus Ah Um", among other greats. Granted, Ornette's is the only one reportedly to be recorded in a single day!
Thanks for the reminder. I'll throw it on when I get home.