Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Pat Metheny, Ornette Coleman|
Song X: 20th Anniversary
Genres: Jazz, Miscellaneous, R&B
Rich, exciting. but NOT BACKGROUND MUSIC. Got to listen.
'satiably curious | Detroit, MI USA | 08/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album. It crosses both musical and social boundaries.
Although Ornetted Coleman's music appears to be an "acquired taste". I feel that, like Ligeti, Messiaen or Lutoslawski, the taste is worth acquiring for the reward it returns. This is a good example. It may take the usual Metheny fan out of his/her comfort zone for a bit, but if you hang in, that comfort zone might expand quickly into an energy zone. The unusual Metheny fan knows that Pat Metheny does occasionally stretch out like this. He does it well, too.
For the usual Coleman fan: If you enjoyed "Dancing In Your Head" and "Beauty Is a Rare Thing", this one may just lift you out of yourself for a while. But please - try to listen undistracted."
How did they get this made in 1986?
Grigory's Girl | NYC | 06/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is really Ornette's album. Metheny, as good (and as underrated) as he is, is just going along for the ride, but that's OK, considering Ornette is the captain. This is even more intense than Free Jazz ever was, with the title track and the mammoth, epic workout "Endangered Species" standing out. This was/is a pretty radical album, and considering it was made in 1986 makes it even more remarkable. 1986 was not a year known for great jazz innovation. If they only had Yoko singing along, it would have been even more legendary than it already is. Fantastic, mind expanding music. One of the Ornette and Metheny's best works....
Statement barely overshadows substance
IRate | 10/30/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Interesting precursor to the thrash-jazz movement comes packed with explosive avant-garde interplay but also suffers from the strained dynamics. While the Metheny-Coleman alliance is an interesting one, it does not always work in favor of the music. Only when the duo go all out, abandoning tradition in search of brass-bliss cacophonies that the experimentation does not feel like a double-edged sword. Besides for rampant dissonance, there are a few tracks, especially on the new version, which demonstrate actual attempts at symbiosis. There is a lot to find in between cracks on this one, the end result is just uneven and even unsure."