Lonely Woman (composition)
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|Instrumental by Ornette Coleman|
|from the album The Shape of Jazz to Come|
|Recorded||May 22, 1959|
"Lonely Woman" is a jazz composition by Ornette Coleman. Coleman's recording of it was the opening track on his 1959 Atlantic Records album The Shape of Jazz to Come. Alongside Coleman's alto saxophone, the recording featured Don Cherry on cornet, Charlie Haden on double bass and Billy Higgins on drums.
In an interview with Jacques Derrida, Coleman spoke of the origin of the composition:
Before becoming known as a musician, when I worked in a big department store, one day, during my lunch break, I came across a gallery where someone had painted a very rich white woman who had absolutely everything that you could desire in life, and she had the most solitary expression in the world. I had never been confronted with such solitude, and when I got back home, I wrote a piece that I called "Lonely Woman."
Pianist John Lewis first recorded the song in January 1962 with the Modern Jazz Quartet for their album of the same name which was one of the earliest recorded covers of a Coleman number. Later that year, in July, Lewis recorded it again for his album European Encounter.
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- jazzdisco.org entry for European Encounter accessed March 14, 2018
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- Robinson, Matthew. "The Last Dance of Mr. X". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
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