This Is Our Music (Ornette Coleman album)

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This Is Our Music
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Studio album by The Ornette Coleman Quartet
Released February 1961
Recorded July 19 and 26,
August 2, 1960
Genre Free jazz
Length 38:46
Label Atlantic SD 1353
Producer Nesuhi Ertegün
The Ornette Coleman Quartet chronology
Change of the Century
(1960)Change of the Century1960
This Is Our Music
Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation
(1961)Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation1961
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 9.4/10 Pitchfork review
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

This Is Our Music is the fifth album by saxophonist Ornette Coleman, recorded in 1960 and released on Atlantic Records in 1961, his third for the label. It is the first with drummer Ed Blackwell replacing his predecessor Billy Higgins in the Coleman Quartet, and is the only one of Coleman's Atlantic albums to include a standard, in this case a version of "Embraceable You" by George and Ira Gershwin. Two recording sessions for the album took place in July and one in August 1960 at Atlantic Studios in New York City. The seven selections for this album were culled from 23 masters recorded over the three sessions. The 16 outtakes from the two July sessions would later appear on the 1970s compilations The Art of the Improvisers, Twins, and To Whom Who Keeps A Record, along with the 1993 box set Beauty Is A Rare Thing, named for a track on this album.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ornette Coleman except "Embraceable You" by George and Ira Gershwin.

Side one
No. Title Date Length
1. "Blues Connotation" July 19 5:16
2. "Beauty Is A Rare Thing" August 2 7:13
3. "Kaleidoscope" July 19 6:36
Side two
No. Title Date Length
1. "Embraceable You" July 26 4:54
2. "Poise" August 2 4:40
3. "Humpty Dumpty" July 26 5:23
4. "Folk Tale" August 2 4:44



  1. ^ This Is Our Music at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 45. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.