Personnel: Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone); Don Cherry (trumpet); Percy Heath, Red Mitchell (bass); Shelly Manne (drums).
Recorded at Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, California on January 16, February 23 and March 9 & 10, 1959. Originally released on Contemporary (7569). Includes original liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Ornette Coleman (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Ornette Coleman; Percy Heath, Red Mitchell (upright bass); Don Cherry (trumpet); Shelly Manne (drums).
Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, CA (01/16/1959-03/10/1959).
With his second album as a leader, 1959's TOMORROW IS THE QUESTION!, Ornette Coleman had not quite made all the necessary adjustments that would introduce his classic period. However, enough changes had been made to make it clear that the alto saxophonist -- contrary to his detractors' sneers--had a specific sound he was aiming toward, and a clear idea of how to get there. The biggest change between this album and Coleman's 1958 debut is the lack of a pianist, which puts the melodic emphasis solely on Coleman's sax and Don Cherry's trumpet. Coleman and Cherry are in remarkable sync throughout; indeed, "Rejoicing" features several passages of the pair playing in unison, and two of the album's most harmonically fearless and rhythmically loose solos are Cherry's spotlights in "Giggin'" and "Endless." Only the somewhat ordinary post-bop rhythm section of bassist Percy Heath (spelled by Red Mitchell on the last three tracks) and drummer Shelly Manne keeps TOMORROW IS THE QUESTION! from reaching the ecstatic free-jazz heights of Coleman's classic Atlantic albums.