The Empty Foxhole

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The Empty Foxhole
The Empty Foxhole.jpg
Studio album by Ornette Coleman
Released 1966
Recorded September 9, 1966
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Free jazz
Length 38:56
Label Blue Note
BST 84246
Producer Francis Wolff
Ornette Coleman chronology
At the Golden Circle Stockholm
(1965)At the Golden Circle Stockholm1965
The Empty Foxhole
The Music of Ornette Coleman
(1967)The Music of Ornette Coleman1967

The Empty Foxhole is an album by the American jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman released on the Blue Note label in 1967.[1] 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."[2] 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".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ornette Coleman
  1. "Good Old Days" – 6:52
  2. "The Empty Foxhole" – 3:22
  3. "Sound Gravitation" – 7:18
  4. "Freeway Express" – 8:20
  5. "Faithful" – 7:07
  6. "Zig Zag" – 5:57



  1. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed November 10, 2010
  2. ^ a b Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 10, 2010
  3. ^ Spencer, R. The Empty Foxhole Review, All About Jazz, April 1, 1997.
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 45. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.