Complete Live At The Hillcrest Club
Ornette Coleman (as), Don Cherry (tp), Paul Bley (p), Charlie Haden (b) & Billy Higgins (d).
Colaborations: Don Cherry, Paul Bley, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins
Ornette Coleman has been announced as a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for his for his most recent full-length, last year's "Sound Grammar" Hear how it all started right here on this CD.
The complete performance on a single CD for the first time. Tracks #5-8 appearing on CD for the first time ever.
02. I Remember Harlem
03. The Blessing
05. When Will The Blues Leave?
06. How Deep Is The Ocean?
Total time: 66:23 min.
Recorded live at the Hillcrest Club, Los Angeles, October 1958.
The true origins of free jazz... Just as the famous 1940-41 Jerry Newman recordings at Minton's and Clark Monroe's Uptown House captured the transition from swing to bebop, the music on this CD (compiled here on one set for the first time ever) marks one of the first steps from bebop into what would soon be called "free jazz". The whole quintet consisted of modern players working with the same concept: a freer way of playing jazz, which transcended the strict confines of melody, harmony and rhythm. They would create a whole new idiom by constructing music via the interplay of simultaneous collective improvisation.
These concerts are the only known recorded works of Paul Bley with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry or Billy Higgins, both separately and as a unit. Even though it may not have been a regular unit or a stylistically defined group, the quintet heard on these historic Hillcrest recordings shows a highly creative level, and transmits a contagious excitement and a continuous search for new musical ideas and new ways to express themselves that makes this music as impressive today as it was when it was first performed nearly fifty years ago.