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The Shape Of Jazz To Come (album) by Ornette Coleman 

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The Shape Of Jazz To Come
The Shape Of Jazz To Come by Ornette Coleman (1959)
Overall rank: 471st   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 358 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1959 (4th)
Top 10 albums of the 1950s (7th)
Top 500 albums of all time (471st)

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Ornette Coleman bestography

The Shape Of Jazz To Come is ranked as the best album by Ornette Coleman.

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The Shape Of Jazz To Come track list

Overall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Track pickLonely Woman
 86/100 (64 votes)
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2.Eventually
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3.Peace
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4.Focus On Sanity
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5.Congeniality
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6.Chronology
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Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 358 votes)
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80/100
12/07/2018 13:27
81/100
 
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90/100
From willandthemix 07/14/2018 22:29
I love the conversational tone of the melodies and improvisation. The cornet and bass also do really well to fill the place of the piano on this album. One of my favourites in jazz.
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From Brad1770 06/15/2018 02:16
I know zero about jazz , but I did listen to this 1959 album twice

Apparently this album was and still is both revolutionary and controversial for its in large parts unconventional stylings

Baffling

50 Uneducated Clarinets Out Of 100
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100/100
From Mechalodon 08/26/2017 17:15
Those geese most be having a very interesting conversation
It's too bad I don't speak goose
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85/100
From LedZep 05/28/2017 16:55
Not too far behind Kind of Blue, if at all
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From crimson 03/16/2017 03:23
One of the masterpieces of modern music. Not too far behind of Stravinsky or Debussy in compositional merit. Simply, a 14/10.
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95/100
From garycottier 05/29/2016 17:23
One of the greatest jazz albums ever. The shape of jazz to come, is quirky, challenging, and still sounds totally fresh after all these years. The album has a musical theme running through it's playing time that gives you a sense of familiarity as the music shifts from one place to another. A beautiful and courageous jazz album that is utterly timeless.
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95/100
From bestdressed 03/17/2016 09:23
Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Charlie Haden nuff said
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70/100
From poppmusic 03/14/2015 06:57
It's cool to hear the musicians kind of chasing each other's musical ideas, but there's not enough substance here for me to love it.
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90/100
From swhaze 10/09/2014 21:59
I am a person who is ambivalent about "free jazz", but I am not at all ambivalent about this recording. Music politics aside, this record is filled with incredible, emotionally resonant music that will affect just about any listener.
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From andyw110183 09/16/2014 11:48
A lesson on freeform jazz. Different class!
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