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April 29th, 2008, 04:02
My mom just sent me a CD for my birthday - it was just re-released, and amazingly enough it was something I hadn't picked up on vinyl or a previous CD reissue.

Ornette Coleman - Live at Town Hall 1962

This came from his ~4-5 year 'retirement' from music, and is his only release of the time period. 4 songs - three are in a nice open trio format, and the fourth (actually the third song on the CD) is an experimental string quartet composition.

The composition (and Coleman's playing on the trio music, if you listen closely enough) are all early expressions of a musical theory Coleman was working on called 'Harmolodicism', where harmony, melody, rhythm, and tempo are all given equal weight. This means that the composer and improvisers are freed from the need for a tonal or rhythmic center.

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