Ornette Coleman
To Whom Who Keeps A Record

Superior Viaduct

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“In the late 1950s, Ornette Coleman set the jazz world on fire. From his own unique playing style to his fundamental deconstruction of harmony and complete rethinking of group performance, Coleman at once confounded critics and inspired a new generation. This revolutionary music eventually became known as free jazz, but Coleman's influence extended well beyond – into avant-garde rock and art circles – and today his name is synonymous with artistic freedom.

Originally released in Japan only, To Whom Who Keeps A Record collects outtakes from Coleman's legendary Atlantic period, sessions from Change of the Century and This Is Our Music that are as emotionally transfixing as intellectually rigorous. Featuring the classic quartets with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins and Ed Blackwell, this collection is striking for its brilliant compositions and scorching solos. The song titles themselves lay out Coleman's central philosophy: "Music always brings goodness to us all. Unless one has some other motive for its use."

This first-time vinyl reissue includes liner notes by Byron Coley.” - Superior Viaduct

“Coleman's work was so solid during that time that this collection is hardly the mismatched-socks drawer that so many "rarities" collections are. Nor is it an epiphany. It casts no unexpected light on the man, the aesthetic or the times. It is simply another great record, most notable for including "Blues Connotation No. 2," or as it is properly titled, "P.S. Unless One Has (Blues Connotation No. 2)." The dogged chronologism of the box set robbed the album of its titling. The tracks as they appeared on the original release (and here) read as a sentence: "Music Always," "Brings Goodness," "To Us," "All," "P.S. Unless One Has (Blues Connotation No. 2)," "Some Other" and "Motive for its Use.”” - All About Jazz


  • Alto Saxophone – Ornette Coleman
  • Bass – Charlie Haden
  • Cornet – Don Cherry
  • Drums – Billy Higgins, Ed Blackwell
  • Trumpet – Don Cherry

Track Listing:

  1. Music Always
  2. Brings Goodness
  3. To Us
  4. All
  5. S. Unless One Has (Blues Connotation No. 2)
  6. Some Other
  7. Motive For Its Use


Item description:


Ornette Coleman


To Whom Who Keeps A Record


Superior Viaduct


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue



Release Date:

This reissue: 2016 | Original - 1975




Free Jazz, Avant-garde Jazz

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