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Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come

Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic, 1959)

Nothing in the history of recorded music has lived up to its title quite the way this one has. Few have shaken up the music more: Coleman’s unfastening of jazz improvisation from chordal harmony was a genuine earthquake. More than 60 years after the revolution, though, what’s left is a package of beautifully realized tunes that are still vital enough to set the mind and soul reeling. MICHAEL J. WEST

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