Ornette Coleman: Beauty Is a Rare Thing
Avant-garde trailblazers are always going to receive a mixed bag of esteem and contempt—and such was definitely the case with Ornette Coleman, who grew up inspired by Charlie Parker but helped turn jazz in a totally new direction with his radical approach to composition and boundless improvisation. Now, you can once again hear his original Atlantic recordings (1959–61) that caused a sensation and influenced countless musicians across the globe; returning to print in this spiffy 6-CD box are the albums The Shape of Jazz to Come, Free Jazz, Change of the Century, Ornette and the rest of Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking work on Atlantic. The amazing epics Free Jazz and First Take join Peace; Congeniality; Lonely Woman; Eventually; Bird Food; Free; Folk Tale; Ramblin’; Humpty Dumpty; The Fifth of Beethoven; Poise; Kaleidoscope; Joy of a Toy; To Us; Check Up; W.R.U.; C. & D.; Mapa; Abstraction, and more! Atlantic.
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