New York Is Now!

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New York Is Now!
Studio album by Ornette Coleman
Released 1968
Recorded April 29 & May 7, 1968
Genre Jazz
Length 39:51 (Original LP)
47:26 (CD reissue)
Label Blue Note
Producer Francis Wolff
Ornette Coleman chronology
The Music of Ornette Coleman
(1967)
New York Is Now!
(1968)
Love Call
(1968)

New York Is Now! is an album by the American jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman released on the Blue Note label in 1968.[1]

The album sees Coleman accompanied by John Coltrane's former rhythm section, drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison, and by tenor sax player Dewey Redman. Vocals are provided by Mel Fuhrman. It was recorded at A&R Studios, New York City in two sessions, on April 29 (tracks 1, 2, 4 & 6), and May 7 (tracks 3 & 5), 1968.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album three stars and stated "New York Is Now is one of the true curiosity pieces in Ornette's catalog".[2] Jurek sees the album finding Coleman "in some sense, at odds with himself" and the rhythm section, which he finds "a lot more modally than harmonically propelled". In particular, he identifies drummer Elvin Jones as sounding restricted by the album's slow tempos. Jurek is also unfavourable about Coleman's violin playing. On the whole, he characterises New York Is Now as "pleasant and amusing if not amazing".

Release history[edit]

The album was originally released as an LP by Blue Note Records in 1968. A compact disc version was first issued on January 27, 1990.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ornette Coleman.
  1. "The Garden of Souls" – 13:57
  2. "Toy Dance" – 7:25
  3. "Broadway Blues" – 8:40
  4. "Broadway Blues" (alternate version) – 7:33 (bonus track on CD reissue)
  5. "Round Trip" – 6:17
  6. "We Now Interrupt for a Commercial" – 3:19

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ornette Coleman discography accessed November 11, 2010
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "New York Is Now > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved January 26, 2008. 

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