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Ornette Coleman
The Shape Of Jazz To Come (VMP Classics)

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In 1959, Coleman released his boldly titled magnum opus, "The Shape of Jazz to Come", on Atlantic Records. Prioritizing mood over traditional orchestration, it was the highest-profile free jazz album, released before the terms ‘free jazz’ and ‘avant-garde jazz’ even existed. 

Coleman’s bravery opened the door for others to experiment with the genre in ways they wouldn’t have before. Without "The Shape of Jazz to Come", who knows if Coltrane would have had the heart to try spiritual jazz, or if an up-and-coming pianist named Herbie Hancock would’ve been bold enough to blend funk into his atmospheric hybrid. Coleman was the first major artist to leap into unforeseen territory, and he did it at a time when the courage wasn’t always rewarded. Despite the hardships, Coleman pressed on with his objective and did what the album declared he would. Jazz has never been the same, and we’re all better for it.

You can’t discuss this album without addressing the vaunted year of 1959, widely considered the best year in jazz history. "Shape" arrived three months after Davis’ landmark LP "Kind of Blue", which brought a modal style to jazz and allowed its players to improvise within a fixed number of scales, and which remains the best-selling jazz album of all time. Despite all the debate surrounding "Shape", history has been kind to the LP, earning glowing retrospective reviews and catapulting the bandleader to iconic status. In 2012, it was added to the National Recording Registry and is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time. — (via Vinyl Me Please)




Label: Atlantic
Series: Vinyl Me, Please. Classics – C065
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Mono, 180g
Country: US
Reissued: Oct 2022 / Original Release: 1959
Genre: Jazz
Style: Free Jazz
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File under: Jazz / Saxophone