Ornette Coleman : The Shape of Jazz to Come

Ornette Coleman : The Shape of Jazz to Come


Ornette Coleman (tenor sax), Don Cherry (trumpet), Charlie Haden (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)

Atlantic 1317

Rhino Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Lonely Woman
A2 - Eventually
A3 - Peace
B1 - Focus on Sanity
B2 - Congeniality
B3 - Chronology

Recorded on May 22, 1959 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood.

The Shape of Jazz to Come is the third album by Ornette Coleman. Although Coleman initially wished for the album to be titled "Focus on Sanity", after one of the songs on the album, it was ultimately titled The Shape of Jazz to Come at the urging of Atlantic producer Nesuhi Ertegun who felt that the title would give consumers "an idea about the uniqueness of the LP”. Released in 1959, it was his debut on the label and his first album featuring his working quartet including trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins.

According to music critic Steve Huey, The Shape of Jazz to Come "was a watershed event in the genesis of avant-garde jazz, profoundly steering its future course and throwing down a gauntlet that some still haven't come to grips with." Jazzwise listed it No. 3 on their list of the 100 best jazz albums of all time.

Coleman's unique early sound was due in part to his use of a plastic saxophone. He had first bought a plastic horn in Los Angeles in 1954 because he was unable to afford a metal saxophone; he claimed that it sounded drier, without the pinging sound of metal. In later years, he played a metal saxophone.