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The Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, Free Jazz

The Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, Atlantic (US), Label #SD 1364, 12” LP, 1961.

This monumental album is one of the first examples of free-improvisation, in which common jazz conventions such as fixed chord changes and tempos are disregarded. This genre of jazz developed from a feeling of limitation in bebop, hard bop and modal jazz that were common throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Free Jazz was recorded in one uninterrupted take of 36 minutes and 23 seconds and released without any editing. It is exactly as performed and heard in the studio.

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