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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Lonely Woman

Lonely Woman is probably the most wonderful piece ever written by Ornette Coleman. The music is melancholic, cinematic, dragging and staccato at the same time, it sounds like crying and sobbing. It's no mystery that there are dozens of covers of the song played by artists from both free jazz and mainstream styles. Personally, I do not care much for Ornette's own version. But listen to Old & New Dreams, 8 Bold Souls and Ahmed Abdullah : these are among the best versions to be found, and not without reason each one of those is longer than ten minutes.


doca said...

Mikolaj Trzaska's version on Danziger Strassenmusik [Kilogram] is also one of the best. Oles & Oles keep the tension through the music, and it clocks at 9 minutes and a half only...