500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Ornette Coleman, 'The Shape of Jazz to Come'
253/500

253. Ornette Coleman, 'The Shape of Jazz to Come'

Atlantic, 1959

Coleman's sound was so out-there, one audience at an early gig threw his sax over a cliff. He pioneered free jazz: no chords, no harmony, any player can take the lead – music as lyrical as it is demanding, particularly on "Lonely Woman."

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