Live at the Hilcrest Club 1958

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Live at the Hilcrest Club 1958
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Live album by
RecordedOctober, 1958
VenueThe Hillcrest Club, Los Angeles, California
LabelInner City IC 1007
Paul Bley chronology
Solemn Meditation
Live at the Hilcrest Club 1958
Coleman Classics Volume 1

Live at the Hilcrest Club 1958 (also released as The Fabulous Paul Bley Quintet) is a live album by pianist Paul Bley, saxophonist Ornette Coleman, trumpeter Don Cherry, drummer Billy Higgins and bassist Charlie Haden recorded in California in 1958 and released on the Inner City label in 1976.[1] The album is notable as being the first live recording of Ornette Coleman, made shortly after he recorded his first album, Something Else!!!! and featuring the group (without Bley) that would soon record the classic Atlantic albums The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959) and Change of the Century (1960).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideA[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[5]

Village Voice critic Robert Christgau rated the album an "A" on its release noting that "I have the feeling when I want people to understand what free jazz meant, this is what I'll play".[6] Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars noting "The recording quality is decent for the period, and avant-garde collectors will want to search for this pioneering effort".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz said "This is clearly an important record and, technical difficulties aside, it should be in all modern collections. However, it isn't central to Bley's recorded output".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ornette Coleman except as indicated

  1. "Klactoveesedstene" (Charlie Parker) – 12:04
  2. "I Remember Harlem" (Roy Eldridge) – 3:48
  3. "The Blessing" – 9:35
  4. "Free" – 5:39



  1. ^ Paul Bley catalog, accessed June 28, 2014
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S., Allmusic Review accessed June 28, 2014
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 132. ISBN 0141023279.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 27. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ Christgau, R., Chrisgau's Consumer Guide review, The Village Voice, November 1, 1976