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New Century, Same Genius: Ornette Coleman at JVC

Ornette Coleman walked onstage carrying his white plastic alto and wearing a cobalt blue suit, with a silvery white tie and black short-brim hat. With him were the members of his quartet-bassists Tony Falanga and Greg Cohen, drummer Denardo Coleman and an unexpected addition-electric bassist and Prime Time member Al MacDowell.

The sound was not good for the first number-the three basses seemed to resonate in the hall, bleeding together into a deep stew that only the cymbals and soaring alto cut through. After the initial disappointment of the first number, however, the sound seemed to improve.

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