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Ornette Coleman & Prime Time

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3.04 | 5 ratings | 1 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1988

Songs / Tracks Listing

3 Wishes
Bourgeois Boogie
Happy Hour
Virgin Beauty
Healing The Feeling
Singing In The Shower
Desert Players
Spelling The Alphabet
Unknown Artist

Line-up / Musicians

Denardo Coleman Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Producer
Ornette Coleman Trumpet, Violin, Arranger, Saxophone, Performer
Jerry Garcia Guitar
Al Macdowell Guitar (Bass)
Bern Nix Guitar
Chris Walker Guitar (Bass)
Calvin Weston Drums

Releases information

LP Portrait PRT 461193 1 (UK) , CS Portrait ORT-44301
CD Portrait PRT 461193 2 ( The Netherlands)
CD Sony/Columbia 489433 2, 01-489433-10, COL 489433 2 (Europe) (1998)
CD Portrait OR 44301 (US)
Audio CD Sony (1990)

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ORNETTE COLEMAN & PRIME TIME Virgin Beauty ratings distribution

(5 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
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ORNETTE COLEMAN & PRIME TIME Virgin Beauty reviews

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Review by Easy Money
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3 stars After making a comeback to the world of recording in 1987 with In All Languages, Ornette and Prime Time return a year later with this substantially different recording, Virgin Beauty. Fortunately on Beauty Ornette and his producer son Denardo quit trying to sound so 'modern' and dispose of the huge gated snare sound and the sampled 'hits' that made Languages a bit clumsy. The result is a return to a more natural and relaxed sound that fits Ornette's playing much better than all that forced trendiness.

The contrapuntal effect of all the intersecting improvised melodic lines are in full effect here. Ornette's Prime Time ensemble is truly incredible as guitarists Ben Nix, Charlie Ellerbe and part-time guest Jerry Garcia constantly intertwine with Jaco influenced bassists Albert MacDowell and Chris Walker creating a constantly evolving twisted mix of melodies. One player will break through the mix only to disappear as another player comes to the fore-front. The beats on here are more simple and direct than earlier Prime Time albums and sometimes even reveal Ornette's rural roots with an almost country two beat feel. Other songs have a slight hip-hop shuffle swing that really fit's the swing based phrasing used by most of the players creating an almost goofy chaotic loping feel to the songs. Overall this is a very warm relaxed album with an occasional sly sense of humor and plenty of virtuostic instrumental ensemble interactions.

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