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VOL № C065 — October 2022

The Shape of Jazz to Come

Ornette Coleman
Why you'll love it...
“In 1959, Coleman released his boldly titled magnum opus, 'The Shape of Jazz to Come', on Atlantic Records. Prioritizing mood over traditional orchestration, it was the highest-profile free jazz album, released before the terms ‘free jazz’ and ‘avant-garde jazz’ even existed. Coleman’s bravery opened the door for others to experiment with the genre in ways they wouldn’t have before. Without 'The Shape of Jazz to Come', who knows if Coltrane would have had the heart to try spiritual jazz, or if an up-and-coming pianist named Herbie Hancock would’ve been bold enough to blend funk into his atmospheric hybrid. Coleman was the first major artist to leap into unforeseen territory, and he did it at a time when the courage wasn’t always rewarded. Despite the hardships, Coleman pressed on with ...
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Release Type
1 LP
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Tip-On; Single
Mastering Studio
Sterling Sound
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Pressing Location
Record Technology Incorporated (RTI)
Remastering Details
(AAA) Lacquers Cut from the Original Mono Tapes by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound
Listening Notes Booklet by Marcus J. Moore
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