ORNETTE COLEMAN DOUBLE QUARTET
A1: FREE JAZZ, PART 1 (19:55).
A2: FREE JAZZ, PART 2 (16:28).
CATEGORY: FREE JAZZ | DURATION: 36 MINUTES
Released by Atlantic Records in 1961, Free Jazz was a modernist masterpiece from its Jackson Pollock cover image to its ground-breaking, genre-defining music. As part of a double quartet – which also included Don Cherry, Eric Dolphy and other nascent luminaries – Ornette spontaneously produced an exhilarating 36-minute séance which manifested the legacy of all improvised jazz whilst thrusting it forwards into a wide-open future. Whether you interpret its title as a statement of style or as an imperative – or both – Ornette’s Free Jazz towers above all other music created in 1960. It is the foundational recording of free-form jazz music – a new, secret aural codex for seditionaries, incendiaries and haunters of the dark.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT YOUNG (1964-2014)
“ÆTERNUM VORTICE LACRIMARUM SOMNIAT”