New York Is Now!
|New York Is Now!|
|Studio album by Ornette Coleman|
|Recorded||April 29 & May 7, 1968|
|Length||39:51 (Original LP)
47:26 (CD reissue)
|Ornette Coleman chronology|
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.
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". 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".
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.
- All compositions by Ornette Coleman.
- "The Garden of Souls" – 13:57
- "Toy Dance" – 7:25
- "Broadway Blues" – 8:40
- "Broadway Blues" (alternate version) – 7:33 (bonus track on CD reissue)
- "Round Trip" – 6:17
- "We Now Interrupt for a Commercial" – 3:19
- Ornette Coleman – alto saxophone (tracks 1-5), violin (track 6), trumpet
- Mel Fuhrman – vocals
- Jimmy Garrison – bass
- Elvin Jones – drums
- Dewey Redman – tenor saxophone