Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...

Now, here's one for the "hmmm, that's interesting" file...

In a warehouse on Prince Street, in NYC (in the neighborhood in which Ornette Coleman actually lived at the time!) in 1970, Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell (a slightly different quartet than the one we heard in a recent post) assembled with a group of their friends and neighbors (thus, the title) to record the album, Friends and Neighbors: Ornette Live at Prince Street which was released on the "Flying Dutchman" label.

The playlist is:
1. Friends And Neighbours (Vocal) 04:13
2. Friends And Neighbours (Instrumental) 02:55
3. Long Time No See 10:53
4. Let's Play 03:23
5. Forgotten Songs 04:24
6. Tomorrow 12:07

The line-up is:
Ornette Coleman - Alto saxophone, trumpet, violin
Dewey Redman - Tenor saxophone
Charlie Haden - Bass
Ed Blackwell - Drums

This disc contains one of Ornette Coleman's lesser-known sessions. In addition to his own alto (and occasional trumpet and violin), Coleman is joined by Dewey Redman on tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Ed Blackwell, and (on one of the two versions of "Friends and Neighbors") a variety of friends who sing along as best they can. Actually, the most notable tracks are the two extended pieces, "Long Time No See" and "Tomorrow." The music is typically adventurous, melodic in its own way, yet still pretty futuristic, even if (compared with his other releases) the set as a whole is not all that essential. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide


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