Love Call (album)

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Love Call
Love Call (album).jpg
Studio album by
RecordedApril 29 & May 7, 1968
53:23 (CD)
LabelBlue Note
ProducerFrancis Wolff
Ornette Coleman chronology
New York Is Now!
Love Call
Ornette at 12

Love Call is an album by the American jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman recorded in 1968 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]


Phil Freeman noted "The interplay between the two saxophonists was fierce, and the rhythm section, borrowed from John Coltrane, combined powerhouse swing with an ineffable gravitas. This feeling of greater grounded-ness is what makes New York is Now! and Love Call unique among Coleman’s discography, whether on Blue Note or otherwise; the tempos aren’t much slower than on his other mid ’60s albums, but they feel somehow heavier here, Jones driving the beat as Garrison strums his bass like a massive guitar. The two albums don’t even seem to exist as separate entities—they feel like two halves of a whole, the compositions all sharing the ebullience and, in their slower moments, the deep feeling of the blues that have marked Ornette’s music since the 1950s".[2]

Allmusic, awarded the album three stars and Thom Jurek stated "the other half of the New York Is Now session, which is, in a sense, ridiculous. Blue Note issued two records when they really had one".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ornette Coleman
  1. "Airborne" – 10:30
  2. "Check Out Time" – 8:22
  3. "Check Out Time" [Alternate Version] – 7:57 Bonus track on CD reissue
  4. "Open to the Public" – 8:05
  5. "Love Call" – 8:45
  6. "Love Call" [Alternate Version] – 5:31 Bonus track on CD reissue
  7. "Just for You" – 4:13
  • Recorded at A&R Studios, New York City on April 29 (tracks 1, 3, 4 & 6), and May 7 (tracks 2, 5 & 7), 1968.



  1. ^ Ornette Coleman discography accessed November 11, 2010
  2. ^ Freeman, P. Good Old Days: Ornette Coleman on Blue Note,, December 18 2012
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed November 11, 2010