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Ornette Coleman & Prime Time

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Studio Album, released in 1987

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The Quartet
A1 Peace Warriors 2:35
A2 Feet Music 3:32
A3 Africa Is The Mirror Of All Colors 2:58
A4 Word For Bird 3:16
A5 Space Church (Continuous Services) 3:59
B1 Latin Genetics 3:39
B2 In All Languages 3:33
B3 Sound Manual 3:08
B4 Mothers Of The Veil 3:45
B5 Cloning 3:14
Prime Time
C1 Music News 3:00
C2 Mothers Of The Veil 4:28
C3 The Art Of Love Is Happiness 2:29
C4 Latin Genetics 2:45
C5 Today, Yesterday And Tomorrow 3:10
C6 Listen Up 2:29
C7 Feet Music 3:49
D1 Space Church (Continuous Services) 4:34
D2 Cloning 2:28
D3 In All Languages 3:06
D4 Biosphere 2:20
D5 Story Tellers 2:49
D6 Peace Warriors 2:23



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Ornette Coleman Quartet:

Don Cherry (cor)
Ornette Coleman (as, ts)
Charlie Haden (b)
Billy Higgins (d)

Ornette Coleman And Prime Time:

Ornette Coleman (as, ts)
Charles Ellerbee, Bern Nix (g)
Al MacDowell, Jamaaladeen Tacuma (b)
Denardo Coleman, Calvin Weston (d)

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Recorded at Acoustilog Studios, New York City.
Mixed at Clinton Studios, New York City.
Mastered at Sterling Sound
Digitally recorded and mastered.

ⒸⓅ 1987 Caravan of Dreams Productions

2 x vinyl LP / CDP85008 (US)
CD Dreams 008 (US)

1997 CD Harmolodic Records 531915

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Review by js (Easy Money)
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4 stars After making a bold splash by switching from jazz to jazz-rock in the late 70s, Ornette Coleman did not record again with his progressive fusion ensemble, Prime Time, until 1987. So how does Ornette's unique musical vision hold up under the hard plastic glare of the 80s, let's just say the results are mixed. First of all it should be pointed out that this album is actually two records in one. The first record involves new recordings of Coleman's classic avant-jazz quartet; and the second, his unique fusion group Prime Time.

The Prime Time record covers a couple of different styles including rock driven free-jazz, 80s styled looped beats with occasional sampled 'hits', as well as some classic 'Ornette-jazz' that is unsuccessfully 'updated' and hence encumbered and harnessed to overly loud 80s styled gated snare beats. On the other hand, there are also some very successful attempts at weird avant world beat in the mix too. Overall the music is very creative and well composed. Coleman has a stellar cast of musicians on hand and the way they contrapuntally snake around each other and play the interconnecting lines that are expected in Coleman's arrangements is nothing short of genius. The big question though is how well do the attempts to sound contemporary jive with Coleman's unshakable timeless music.

Sometimes the mix of 'modern' (80s) sounds with Ornette's organic ascetic can work well as in Space Church (Continuous Service) where sampled orchestra passages, frantic jazz funk bass, free-rhythm drums and Ornette's plaintive melody combine to make a style never to be heard again. Overall though, the many cuts on these two sides work best when the music is unhampered by overly heavy drums or early sampling technology.

The record featuring Ornette's classic quartet is pure genius. It is interesting to hear this quartet with more modern recording technology, but personally I prefer the sound they had in the 60s. This was a real interesting double album for 1987, with one record that looked back at greatness, and another that looked forward to possibilities.

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