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500 Greatest Albums of All Time

248

Ornette Coleman, 'The Shape of Jazz to Come'


Ornette Coleman, 'The Shape of Jazz to Come'
248/500

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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