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ORNETTE COLEMAN’S ATLANTIC YEARS.

Ornette Coleman’s Atlantic Years. Just under four years ago, on June 11th 2015, that Ornette Coleman passed away, aged eighty-five. Music had lost a true legend, whose album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation lent its name to a musical genre, free jazz. It’s the genre that Ornette Coleman became synonymous with. However, two years earlier, …

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ORNETTE COLEMAN-THE ATLANTIC YEARS.

ORNETTE COLEMAN-THE ATLANTIC YEARS. A year ago, on June 11th 2015, that Ornette Coleman passed away, aged eighty-five. Music had lost a true legend, whose album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation lent its name to a musical genre, free jazz. It’s the genre that Ornette Coleman became synonymous with. However, two years earlier, this nascent …

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THE 33 BEST BOX SETS OF 2105-PART THREE.

THE 33 BEST BOX SETS OF 2105-PART THREE. MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTORS EDITION. Miles Davis’ recording career began in 1951, when he released his debut album The New Sounds. Soon, Miles Davis was establishing a reputation as a prolific, and innovative musician. He released a further forty-three albums between 1951 and 1969. This …

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ORNETTE COLEMAN-BEAUTY IS A RARE THING.

ORNETTE COLEMAN-BEAUTY IS A RARE THING. George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm that “not all animals are created equal.” The same seems to be the case with musicians. Especially when it comes to obituaries.  During 2015, many musicians have passed away. A few were innovators and changed music forever. Some enjoyed a string of commercially …

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ATLANTIC JAZZ LEGENDS-20 ORIGINAL ALBUMS FROM THE ICONIC LABEL.

ATLANTIC JAZZ LEGENDS-20 ORIGINAL ALBUMS FROM THE ICONIC LABEL. Mention the great jazz labels, and automatically think of Blue Note, Impulse, Capitol Records and of course, Atlantic Records. It was founded in 1947, by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Eight years later, in 1955, Ahmet’s brother Nesuhi joined Atlantic Records. By then, Atlantic Records had …

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ORNETTE COLEMAN-FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS- ORNETTE LIVE AT PRINCE STREET.

ORNETTE COLEMAN-FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS- ORNETTE LIVE AT PRINCE STREET. Back in 1970, Ornette Coleman, one of the most innovative musicians and composers of the free jazz movement, found himself without a record company. He’d just left Impulse Records, having released Ornette at 12 in 1969. However, he wouldn’t be without a record label for long. …

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BOB THIELE EMERGENCY-HEAD START.

BOB THIELE EMERGENCY-HEAD START. Flying Dutchman Rcords was the second record label Bob Thiele founded. The first was Signature Records, founded by Bob in 1939, when he was just seventeen. A lot had happened in the intervening thirty years. Bob had worked with many of the giants of jazz. John Coltrane, Charlie Mingus, Sonny Rollins, …

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LIBERATION MUSIC-THE SPIRITUAL JAZZ AND THE ART OF PROTEST ON FLYING DUTCHMAN RECORDS 1969-1974.

LIBERATION MUSIC-THE SPIRITUAL JAZZ AND THE ART OF PROTEST ON FLYING DUTCHMAN RECORDS 1969-1974. Looking back at the roster of artists Flying Dutchman Records amassed during the first five years of its existence, can’t help but be impressed. After all, between 1969 and 1974, Flying Dutchman Records couldn’t just boast true jazz legends, but pioneers …

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