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    The Atlantic Years (Box Set)

    10x 180 Gram Vinyl Box Set


    Remastered By John Webber At AIR Studios


    Ornette Coleman recorded one of the greatest bodies of work in jazz during a 22-month-long burst of creativity. Between 1959 and 1961, the saxophonist and composer released six studio albums on Atlantic Records that helped usher in the avant-garde, free jazz movement.


    Those albums, along more than two hours of session outtakes, are featured together in the 10-LP boxed set ORNETTE COLEMAN: THE ATLANTIC YEARS, featuring newly remastered audio by John Webber at AIR Studios. Several of these titles are long out-of-print on vinyl. The Ornette Coleman Legacy, featuring six songs originally released for the first time in 1993 as part of Rhino's CD boxed set Beauty Is A Rare Thing, making its vinyl debut.


    On most of his Atlantic albums, Coleman recorded with a quartet that included trumpeter Don Cherry, plus either Charlie Haden or Scott LaFaro on bass, and either Billy Higgins or Ed Blackwell on drums. One notable exception is Free Jazz, a ground-breaking single-track album where Coleman led a double quartet through a nearly 40-minute collective improvisation. The stereo mix used for the album separates the quartets into different channels; one on the right and the other on the left.


    Coleman worked extensively with producer Nesuhi Ertegun on the music featured in this collection. Their partnership began in 1959 with Coleman's Atlantic debut, The Shape of Jazz To Come, an album the Library of Congress added to its National Recording Registry in 2012.


    Among the albums included in THE ATLANTIC YEARS are three compilations that Atlantic released in the 1970's: The Art Of Improvisers (1970), Twins (1971), and To Whom Who Keeps A Record (1975.) These albums include outtakes from recording sessions for all six of Coleman's studio albums.

    LP 1
    1. Lonely Woman
    2. Eventually
    3. Peace
    4. Focus On Sanity
    5. Congeniality
    6. Chronology


    LP 2
    1. Ramblin'
    2. Free
    3. The Face Of The Bass
    4. Forerunner
    5. Bird Food
    6. Una Muy Bonita
    7. Change Of The Century


    LP 3
    1. P.S. Unless One Has (Blues Connotation)
    2. Beauty Is A Rare Thing
    3. Kaleidoscope
    4. Embraceable You
    5. Poise
    6. Humpty Dumpty
    7. Folk Tale


    LP 4
    1. Free Jazz (Part 1)
    2. Free Jazz-Part 2


    LP 5
    1. W.R.U. (Remastered Version)
    2. T & T (Remastered Version)
    3. C. & D. (Remastered Version)
    4. R.P.D.D (Remastered Version)


    LP 6
    1. Cross Breeding
    2. Mapa
    3. Enfant
    4. EOS
    5. Ecars


    LP 7
    1. The Circle With A Hole In The Middle
    2. Just For You
    3. The Fifth Of Beethoven
    4. The Alchemy Of Scott Lafaro
    5. Moon Inhabitants
    6. The Legend Of Bebop
    7. Harlem's Manhattan


    LP 8
    1. First Take
    2. Little Symphony
    3. Monk And The Nun
    4. Check Up
    5. Joy Of A Toy


    LP 9
    1. Music Always
    2. Brings Goodness
    3. To Us
    4. All
    5. P.S. Unless One has (Blues Connotation No. 2)
    6. Some Other
    7. Motive For Its Use


    LP 10
    1. Rise And Shine
    2. The Tribes Of New York
    3. I Heard It Over The Radio
    4. Revolving Doors
    5. Mr. And Mrs. People
    6. Proof Readers

    Ornette Coleman
    $174.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 10 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    The Avant-Garde (Mono Remaster)

    Mono Remaster


    This album is rightfully co-credited to Don Cherry (trumpet), who ably trades blows with John Coltrane (tenor/soprano sax) throughout. The Avant-Garde also boasts the debut studio recording of Coltrane playing soprano sax -- on The Blessing -- in addition to his continuing advancements on tenor.


    Although these tracks were recorded during the summer of 1960, they remained shelved for nearly six years.


    Joining Coltrane and Cherry are essentially the rest of the members of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Ed Blackwell (drums) and Charlie Haden (bass) on Cherryco and The Blessing, as well as Percy Heath (bass) on the remaining three selections. This is fitting, as over half of the album consists of early Coleman compositions. Coltrane's integration into this band works with some extraordinarily fresh results. Neither Cherry nor Coltrane makes any radical departures on this album; however, it's the ability of each to complement the other both in terms of modal style and -- perhaps more importantly -- texture that lends heavily to the success of these sides. Cherry's brisk and somewhat nasal intonations on The Blessing mimic those of Miles Davis, albeit with shorter flourishes and heavily improvised lines. When combined with Coltrane's well-placed -- if not somewhat reserved -- solos, the mutual value of both is dramatically increased. Blackwell -- the only other musician besides Cherry and Coltrane to be featured on every track -- provides some non-conventional percussive accompaniment. His contributions to The Blessing and workout on the aptly titled Focus on Sanity are primal.


    - Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)

    1. Cherryco (Mono Version)
    2. Focus On Sanity (Mono Version)
    3. The Blessing (Mono Version)
    4. The Invisible (Mono Version)
    5. Bemsha Swing (Mono Version)
    John Coltrane & Don Cherry
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    Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
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