Shape of Jazz to Come

  • Type: Music
  • By: Ornette Coleman
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Jazz/Blues/Soul
  • Recommended by: Sean L.
  • ISBN/UPC: 081227313326
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The birth of Free Jazz

Ornette Coleman's music took the improvisational aspects of Bebop Jazz and expanded them into a whole new genre.  His music was almost entirely improv, and gave birth to the Free Jazz movement.  On this album he was able to capture the essence of both Bebop and showcase his Free Jazz tendencies.  These songs range form the soulful to the chaotic, but all retain some sort of Bebop sensibility and cohesion.  This truly did pave the way for much of the jazz to follow.