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Ornette Coleman: The Complete Science Fiction Sessions

The Complete Science Fiction Sessions completes Coleman’s recorded output for Columbia. A provocative two-CD set combining 1971’s Science Fiction and 1972’s Broken Shadows, neither of which has ever before been available on domestic CD, it presents an astonishing variety with several different lineups-from a reunion of his original 1959 quartet with pocket trumpeter Don Cherry, drummer Billy Higgins and bassist Charlie Haden, to expanded works for 12-piece ensemble featuring guitarist Jim Hall and pianist Cedar Walton, to a free-blowing freak-out behind poet David Henderson and a bluesy throwdown with singer Webster Hall, Coleman’s old friend from Fort Worth.

The five tracks with the original quartet-“Civilization Day,” “Street Woman,” “Country Town Blues” and alternate takes of “Civilization Day” and “Street Woman”-are brilliant. Haden’s playing is particularly strong, providing a tether for the mercurial Coleman-Cherry chemistry. And Higgins is Higgins-an ever-swinging, pulsating presence, reacting in the moment with big ears and supple wrists.

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