The Empty Foxhole
|The Empty Foxhole|
|Studio album by Ornette Coleman|
|Recorded||September 9, 1966
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
|Ornette Coleman chronology|
The Empty Foxhole is an album by the American jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman released on the Blue Note label in 1967. The album features Coleman's untutored violin and trumpet as well as performing on his usual instrument, the alto saxophone, and marks the recording debut of his drummer son Denardo Coleman, who was ten years of age at the time.
Critical reception of the album was mixed at the time of its release and continues to be. The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 3 stars and stated: "On balance, the music may not be among Coleman's most exceptional efforts, but there's something inspiring about the fact that The Empty Foxhole is as good as it is." The All About Jazz review by Robert Spencer stated: "Ornette Coleman is not a conventional musician, but he has too much musical talent to make a bad album... The music here is unlike most everything else that ever came out of Blue Note, or anywhere, but those who won't notice or care that these guys are not the smoothest of instrumentalists might enjoy this album. I do".
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
- All compositions by Ornette Coleman
- "Good Old Days" – 6:52
- "The Empty Foxhole" – 3:22
- "Sound Gravitation" – 7:18
- "Freeway Express" – 8:20
- "Faithful" – 7:07
- "Zig Zag" – 5:57
- Ornette Coleman - alto saxophone (tracks 1, 5, 6), trumpet (2, 4), violin (3)
- Charlie Haden - bass
- Denardo Coleman - drums
- Blue Note Records discography accessed November 10, 2010
- Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 10, 2010
- Spencer, R. The Empty Foxhole Review, All About Jazz, April 1, 1997.
- Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 45. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.