The Experimentalists: George Russell, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy (1956-1960)

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In the wake of Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins came a wave of players eager to experiment further within the broadening definition of jazz. Among the most durable of this next generation are composer George Russell, pianist Cecil Taylor, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman and multi-reed player Eric Dolphy. The late 1950s recordings of Russell, Taylor, Coleman and Dolphy in this hour of Jazz at 100.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • George Russell Sextet "Concerto for Billy the Kid" from The Norton Collection (Norton) 2:50
  • George Russell Sextet "Ezz-Thetic" from Jazz Workshop (RCA) 7:33
  • Host speaks 28:02
  • Cecil Taylor Trio "Bemsha Swing" from Jazz Advance (Transition) 14:36
  • Cecil Taylor Trio "Rick Kick Shaw" from Jazz Advance (Transition) 22:00
  • Host speaks 28:02
  • Ornette Coleman Quartet "Lonely Woman" from Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic) 31:04
  • Ornette Coleman Quartet "Focus on Sanity" from Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic) 36:02
  • Host speaks 42:48
  • Eric Dolphy-Booker Little Quintet "Miss Ann" from Far Cry (New Jazz) 46:00
  • Eric Dolphy-Booker Little Quintet "Its Magic" from Far Cry (New Jazz) 50:14
  • Host Outro 55:53


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