Sound Grammar is a live album by jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, recorded live in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on 14 October 2005. The album was produced by Coleman and Michaela Deiss, and released on Coleman's new Sound Grammar label. It was his first new album in almost a decade, since the end of his relationship with Verve in the 1990s. It features a mix of new and old originals (some of the latter given new titles).
Ornette Coleman, Sound Grammar. The first new Coleman album in 10 years, and his first live recording for 20, this set catches a German gig by last year's fascinating touring quartet.
You never know quite what to expect from an Ornette Coleman record, even after all these years. Though if you've seen him in concert in the last couple of years, you'll have some idea; this wonderful disc is a record of his most recent band, recorded live in Germany in 2005. The line up of two basses (Greg Cohen and Tony Falanga) and drums (the ever present Denardo Coleman) is an echo of the Charlie Haden/David Izenson/Charles Moffat quartet that toured in the 1960s
Sound Grammar was recorded in Germany in front of a live audience in October of 2005 with his new quartet - Greg Cohen (bass), Denardo Coleman (drums and percussion), Tony Falanga (bass), and Ornette (alto, violin, trumpet) - it's the first "new" product from Coleman in ten years. That said, with the exception of "Song X," the last song on the program, the other five tunes are new, seemingly written just for this band. Sound Grammar is one of those records that makes the listener realize just how much Ornette Coleman means to jazz, and how much he is missed as he releases something new only once a decade.
His new quartet album, Sound Grammar (on his own label of the same name), may be the best jazz disc of the year-and ranks among the top half-dozen Ornette Coleman albums, period. The key to figuring out Ornette is that he’s, above all, a musician of melody. This may seem a strange claim, given his renown as the father of free jazz, a term that evokes the opposite of melody. But Ornette’s style of freedom lies not so much in what the musicians play as in their relationship to one another. When Ornette Coleman made his New York debut at a fashionably hip Bowery bar called the Five Spot in November 1959, half the jazz community was ecstatic, half was deeply disturbed. Charlie Parker, who’d revolutionized jazz in the 1940s, had been dead four years, but many still regarded his music, bebop, as the approach to jazz; and bebop was built on elaborate chord changes.
Sound Grammar is an album by jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, recorded live in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on 14 October 2005. In 2006, Sound Grammar received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. The following year, it won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Six Classic Albums released: 2013.
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