Science Fiction (Ornette Coleman album)

Science Fiction
Studio album by Ornette Coleman
Released 1972
Recorded September 9, 10 & October 13, 1971
Genre Jazz
Length 37:03
Label Columbia
Ornette Coleman chronology
Broken Shadows
Science Fiction
Skies of America

Science Fiction is an album by the American jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman recorded in 1971 and released on the Columbia label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 5 stars and stated "Science Fiction was his creative rebirth, a stunningly inventive and appropriately alien-sounding blast of manic energy... Science Fiction is a meeting ground between Coleman's past and future; it combines the fire and edge of his Atlantic years with strong hints of the electrified, globally conscious experiments that were soon to come. And, it's overflowing with brilliance".[2]
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Track listing

All compositions by Ornette Coleman except as indicated
  1. "What Reason Could I Give?" - Coleman 3:06
  2. "Civilization Day" - 6:04
  3. "Street Woman" - 4:50
  4. "Science Fiction" - 5:03
  5. "Rock the Clock" - 3:16
  6. "All My Life" - 3:56
  7. "Law Years" - 5:22
  8. "The Jungle Is a Skyscraper" - 5:26
  • Recorded at Columbia Studio E, NYC on September 9 (tracks 2, 3, 7 & 8), September 10 (track 4) and October 13 (tracks 1, 5 & 6), 1971



  1. ^ Ornette Coleman discography accessed November 30, 2010
  2. ^ a b Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 30, 2010
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