The Art of the Improvisers

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The Art of the Improvisers
Compilation album by Ornette Coleman
Released November 2, 1970
Recorded May 22 and October 9, 1959
July 26, 1960
January 31 and March 27, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 45:18
Label Atlantic 1572
Producer Nesuhi Ertegun
Ornette Coleman chronology
The Art of The Improvisors
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Art of the Improvisers is a compilation album credited to jazz composer and saxophonist Ornette Coleman, released by Atlantic Records in 1970. The album was assembled without Coleman's input, comprising outtakes from recording sessions of 1959 to 1961 for The Shape of Jazz to Come, Change of the Century, This Is Our Music, Ornette!, and Ornette on Tenor.[2] Recording sessions in 1959 took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California; those in 1960 and 1961 at Atlantic Studios in New York City.


Thom Jurek, writing in Allmusic, characterized the album as "basically one of Coleman's most uptempo records for Atlantic, but also one of his most soulful. It deserves serious re-evaluation".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ornette Coleman.

Side one[edit]

No. Title Date Length
1. "The Circle with a Hole in the Middle"   October 9, 1959 4:54
2. "Just for You"   May 22, 1959 3:53
3. "The Fifth of Beethoven"   July 26, 1960 6:39
4. "The Alchemy of Scott LaFaro"   January 31, 1961 9:52

Side two[edit]

No. Title Date Length
1. "Moon Inhabitants"   July 26, 1960 4:33
2. "The Legends of Bebop"   July 26, 1960 7:18
3. "Harlem's Manhattan"   March 27, 1961 8:09



  1. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed November 28, 2011
  2. ^ Ornette Coleman discography accessed November 28, 2011