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Ornette Coleman and Joachim Kuhn: Colors

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This stage of Ornette Coleman’s fascinating and historic sojourn evidences a new openness to the explorative possibilities afforded him by the piano. Evidence is offered by the inclusion of Geri Allen in his quartet a couple of seasons back, and the subsequent quartet recording they made in ’96, as well as the two duets on Allen’s latest record. Now comes the newest issue from Ornette and Denardo’s Harmolodic imprimatur, a concert recording of Coleman’s 1996 Leipzig meeting with pianist Joachim Kuhn in the latter’s hometown.

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