Boomkat Product Review:
10LP boxset featuring the albums: The Shape Of Jazz To Come (1959), Change Of The Century (1959), This Is Our Music (1960), Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation (1960), Ornette!(1961), Ornette On Tenor (1961), The Art Of Improvisers (1970), Twins (1971), To Whom Who Keeps A Record (1975), and The Ornette Coleman Legacy (1993.)
"Probably the most influential avant-garde musician in the world, Ornette Coleman has been a leading force in jazz since his startling debut in the late ’50s, Coleman’s emotive alto saxophone style relies on melodic improvisation unbound by chord changes. This style (and philosophy) was dubbed by Ornette "harmelodics" and reached its peak in a small combo whose virtuoso playing had the power of the blues and the multi-rhythmic sophistication of Monk, Mingus, or Coltrane.
The landmark series of albums Coleman released in the late ’50s and early ’60s still define the shape of jazz to come. This 10-LP deluxe box set showcases the "free jazz" pioneer’s most seminal sides, featuring his entire recorded output for Atlantic Records from 1959 to 1962.
New essay by jazz writer Ben Ratliff."