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Art of the Improvisers
Ornette Coleman
Art of the Improvisers
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Ornette Coleman
Title: Art of the Improvisers
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Atlantic UK
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075679097828

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Worthwhile leftovers.
Michael Stack | North Chelmsford, MA USA | 09/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ornette coleman's tenure on Atlantic produced six studio albums released while he was signed to the label, but he was so prolific that three more albums worth of tracks were released after he left the label, and when his music was put into a boxed set ("Beauty is a Rare Thing"), another half dozen performances never before released were included. Still, as one would suspect, there's some quality issues with these "leftovers". Or at least, there are with the ones found in other places, "The Art of Improvisers" features material that is essential to Coleman's catalog.

Taking material from the first session he did with Atlantic to the last, this in many ways represents Coleman's music better than anything else. From breakneck performances with totally stunning virtuosity ("The Alchemy of Scott LaFaro" featuring the bassist and drummer Ed Blackwell in stunning fashion beneath a furious solo from Coleman) to balladry (the beautiful "Just For You", later rerecorded on "Love Call" and featuring some of Coleman's trademark humanistic cries) to just fantastic ("The Circle With the Hole in the Middle"). It doesn't hang together quite as cohesively as some of his albums that were drawn from one period, primarily because of the inconsistent performers, but there's an awful lot of good on here.

I think this album is often overlooked because it is a collection of leftovers, but these are god ones, it's not "The Shape of Jazz to Come", but its really quite good. Recommended."
s_molman | CT United States | 01/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I truly enjoy this CD, along with "Shape" and "Change", even more than "Free Jazz" which I find I have to be in the right frame of mind to listen to. There are some really beautiful compositions on this CD as well as the usual share of avant-garde (for the time) noodlings. If you are new to Coleman, get "Shape of Jazz to Come" and "Change of the Century" first. If you like them, then you will enjoy this one too."
Ornette's Planet
Dennis Stiff | Sacramento, Ca United States | 07/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Music from the rare air of another planet. Some may have walked away from early John Coltrane while he grabbed for the future with both hands, lighting a match to a can of gasoline and ripping notes from some place or space. But not so of Ornette Coleman. His sublime attack just can't be ignored. And try walking away as some moderns pretend to can't leave the room until it's over. "The Art of the Improvisers" is probably Coleman's best, something I just discovered recently...those notes from his and Don Cherry's horn won't let you go."