the shape of jazz that came

2009-Jun17-OrnetteColeman“Above all, Coleman’s sound on the alto had a piercing cry that was intensely human – a visceral, urgent quality that made it a sound that was very hard to forget…”

On today’s edition of Here and Now: the BBC’s Kevin LeGendre’s offered a thoughtful and thorough retrospective on the 50th anniversary year of Ornette Coleman’s landmark recording, The Shape Of Jazz To Come. (It’s landmark, it’s milestone, pivotal, and seminal, all of the usual adjectives apply here for a very unusual and special recording – when will we have the ability to spontaneously create new words to match the innovative impact of music like this?)

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