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Town Hall, 1962 (Ornette Coleman album)

Town Hall, 1962
Ornette Coleman
Released 1965
Recorded 21 December 1962
Genre Free jazz
Avant-garde jazz
Length 45:14
Label ESP-Disk
Ornette Coleman chronology

Ornette on Tenor
Town Hall, 1962
Chappaqua Suite

Town Hall, 1962 is an album by Ornette Coleman released on the ESP-Disk label. It was the first recording featuring at its heart his new trio after the ensemble of his Atlantic years.

The record provides partial documentation of a concert featuring several ensembles which had been organised and promoted by Coleman himself, in his search for artistic and economic independence. It was a successful venture, breaking even on costs [1], but was not repeated.

Even though the concert would be followed by two years of absence from public performance and recording, it is indicative of the direction which Coleman's music would take on his return in 1965, with the core trio and the introduction of string instrument textures.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 2½ stars and stated "Although Ornette's string writing (which leaves no room for improvising) is pretty well outside of jazz, his playing on the other tracks holds one's interest throughout".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing

All tracks written by Ornette Coleman.

Side A

  1. "Doughnut"
  2. "Sadness"
  3. "Dedication to Poets and Writers"

Side B

  1. "The Ark"




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