Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Jazz Appreciation Month: Ornette Coleman

At the suggestion of "Donatas" from the online music community that i'm a part of, we spotlight Ornette Coleman, a multi-instrumentalist that hails from Ft. Worth, Texas. Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation is his most controversial tune, as well as the lengthiest single Jazz recording in history. "Free Jazz" was recorded in stereo and featured a "double quartet", meaning, they recorded it with one quartet solely on the right channel, and the other quartet on the left. The musicians featured were Ornette Coleman on sax, trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Billy Higgins on the left. Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bass clarinetist Eric Dolphy, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Ed Blackwell on the right.

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