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Change of the Century

Change of the Century
Studio album by Ornette Coleman
Released June 1960
Recorded October 1959
Genre Free jazz[1]
Length 40:55
Label Atlantic
Producer Nesuhi Ertegün
Ornette Coleman chronology
The Shape of Jazz to Come
Change of the Century
This Is Our Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide [4]

Change of the Century is the fourth studio album by jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman, released on Atlantic Records in 1960, his second for the label. Recording sessions for the album took place on October 8 and 9, 1959, at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. Two outtakes from the sessions, "Music Always" and "The Circle with the Hole in the Middle," were later released on the 1970s compilations To Whom Who Keeps A Record and The Art of the Improvisers, respectively.


  • Track listing 1
    • Side one 1.1
    • Side two 1.2
  • Personnel 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Track listing

All compositions by Ornette Coleman

Side one

No. Title Date Length
1. "Ramblin'"   October 9 6:39
2. "Free"   October 9 6:24
3. "The Face of the Bass"   October 8 6:59

Side two

No. Title Date Length
1. "Forerunner"   October 9 5:16
2. "Bird Food"   October 8 5:31
3. "Una Muy Bonita"   October 8 6:02
4. "Change of the Century"   October 8 4:41



  1. ^ Cox & Warner 2004, p. 401.
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ DeCurtis, Henke & George-Warren 1992, p. 152.
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 45.  
  • Cox, Christoph; Warner, Daniel (2004). Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music.  

External links

  • Change of the Century at Acclaimed Music (list of accolades)
  • Change of the Century at Discogs (list of releases)
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