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January 7, 2008

"This Is Our Music" - Ornette Coleman

Despite all of the disharmony, or the lack of chords, you still receive the swinging melodies and bluesy roots from Coleman. This is the first album to feature Edward Blackwell, which he tends to have more of a focus on the heads rather than the driving cymbals of Billy Higgins. Gershwin's "Embraceable You" has a discomforting setting but the brief ensemble aspects are nothing short of sublime. And even though you see Don Cherry here not as technical as he becomes later in the sixties, his concepts are quite clear and this is a great foreshadowing of his future recordings.
1960, Atlantic.
O.Coleman - AS, C.Haden - B, D.Cherry - Tr, E.Blackwell - D

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