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    Coleman, Ornette – “Empty Foxhole, The” – [Blue Note]

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    Part of the recent KFJC pantheon of jazz picks, pulling
    in old masters (1966 originally recorded; oddly and
    somewhat worryingly this had KFJC Audition Copy on it
    when Jazz Bartender Spliff Skankin’ recently found it
    for sale at a store). Anyways, nice to have it back in
    action, Bop jump start on “Good Ole Days” nice drumming
    at the end playing off the perky melody. Bum Bum! Hey
    stop the presses that’s Ornette’s son, when he was 10
    years old! The title track starts off a little sluggish
    and you feel “Denny” as a 10-year old, but the sweet
    and forlorn trumpet from his Dad draws your focus for
    the most part. Another proud musical Dad, Charlie
    Haden rounds out the trio here, on the upright bass.
    Ornette saws on his violin for “Sound Gravitation”,
    unlike whoever wrote on this old vinyl copy, I *love*
    violin in jazz, and this piece is the most challenging
    (and rewarding) number on the album. Tense cliff hanger
    ending on that. “Freeway Express” has got three lanes
    free and open, and Denardo is killing it while Dad’s
    trumpet is tight to start, and then the mute tucks in
    and it gets even tighter. Haden motoring, not merely
    walking, on the bass in his own lane. “Faithful” puts
    the brakes on, and Ornette back on alto, delivering
    a gentle bluesy tune for 5 minutes, the Haden starts
    to push some rumble strumble bass but Ornette returns
    with the wistful melody to close it. The last track
    “Zig Zag” another alto and a toe-tapper, with Ornette
    cross-stepping some scales before a few slightly
    skronky runs but it ends up in place that will put a
    smile on faces from ages 10 to 100.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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