Soapsuds, Soapsuds

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Soapsuds, Soapsuds
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Studio album by
RecordedJanuary 30, 1977
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York City, NY
GenreFree jazz
LabelArtists House
ProducerJohn Snyder
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Soapsuds, Soapsuds
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[2]

Soapsuds, Soapsuds is an album by Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden recorded in 1977 and released on the Artists House label.[3][4]


The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow stated "This unusual album found Coleman taking time off from his electric free funk group, Prime Time, to record acoustic duets with his longtime associate, bassist Charlie Haden. Coleman switches to tenor and trumpet for the challenging music which includes three of his originals".[1] In JazzTimes, Duck Baker wrote: "The most significant dividing line in Ornette’s chronology might be Charlie Haden’s leaving the group in the mid-’70s. This set of duos from a few years later highlights the telepathy that was crucial to the success of so many classic earlier recordings ... a fine, relaxed set whose very effortlessness might make it seem less than it is, which is of course top-notch".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ornette Coleman except where noted

Side A
  1. "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (Sanger D. Shafer) – 7:44
  2. "Human Being" (Charlie Haden) − 7:46
  3. "Soap Suds" – 5:12
Side B
  1. "Sex Spy" – 9:55
  2. "Some Day" – 7:34


  • Ornette Coleman - Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet
  • Charlie Haden - Bass


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Ornette Coleman: Soapsuds, Soapsuds – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Ornette Coleman catalog, accessed March 20, 2018
  4. ^ Jazzlists: Artists House discography, accessed March 20, 2018
  5. ^ Baker, D. JazzTimes Review, accessed March 20, 2018