Ornette on Tenor

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Ornette on Tenor
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Studio album by Ornette Coleman
Released December 1962
Recorded March 22 & 27, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 40:58
Label Atlantic 1394
Producer Nesuhi Ertegun
Ornette Coleman chronology
Ornette on Tenor
Town Hall, 1962
(1962)Town Hall, 19621962
Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]

Ornette on Tenor is the eighth album by the American jazz composer and saxophonist Ornette Coleman, released in 1962 on Atlantic Records, his sixth and final one for the label.[3] It features Coleman playing tenor saxophone rather than his usual alto, and bassist Jimmy Garrison before he joined the John Coltrane Quartet. This would be the last record by the Coleman Quartet started in the 1950s; he would disband this group and form the Coleman Trio later in the year. Recording sessions took place on March 22 and 27, 1961, at Atlantic Studios in New York City. One outtake from the March 27 session, "Harlem's Manhattan," would appear on the 1970 compilation The Art of the Improvisers.

Down Beat magazine critic Harvey Pekar said of the album in his five-star review of January 3, 1963: "Coleman has scored another major success with this album. Most of the space is devoted to improvisation, but there are also several provocative compositions."[1]

The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 3½ stars, stating: "it's probably his least stunning Atlantic, not quite as revolutionary or memorable as many of its predecessors, but still far ahead of its time ... it's hard not to be a little disappointed that Ornette on Tenor doesn't have the boundary-shattering impact of his previous work -- but then again, it's probably asking too much to expect a revolution every time out.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ornette Coleman.

Side one[edit]

1."Cross Breeding"March 2711:17
2."Mapa"March 279:05

Side two[edit]

1."Enfant"March 276:27
2."Eos"March 226:35
3."Ecars"March 277:34



  1. ^ a b Down Beat: January 31, 1963 Vol. 30, No.3
  2. ^ a b Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Ornette Coleman discography accessed November 28, 2011