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Don Payne


Donald Ray Payne was an American jazz double-bassist and electric bassist.

Payne was raised in California and first played trumpet before switching to double bass in high school. His first major gigs occurred in the mid-1950s; he worked in the second half of the decade with Georgie Auld, Ornette Coleman, Maynard Ferguson, Calvin Jackson, Joe Maini, and Art Pepper. In 1958 he relocated to New York City, where he played with Tony Bennett, Chris Connor, and Mundell Lowe, then joined Herbie Mann and Astrud Gilberto for international tours. He also worked with Stan Getz around this time


Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums

Label: Contemporary Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: LP1 Something Else!!!!: Invisible; The Blessing; Jayne; Chippie; The Disguise; Angel Voice; Alpha; When Will The Blues Leave?; The Sphinx.

LP2 Tomorrow Is the Question!: Tomorrow Is The Question!; Tears Inside; Mind And Time; Compassion; Giggin'; Rejoicing; Lorraine; Turnaround; Endless.


Article: Album Review

Ornette Coleman: Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums

Read "Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums" reviewed by Jeff Kaliss

For many an Ornette Coleman devotee, devotion was pledged with the singular saxophonist's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic). It was recorded in May and released in November of 1959, and it's a matter of when in our life we caught up with it. For some of us, that's when we first felt liberated by ...


Article: Album Review

Paul Bley: When Will The Blues Leave

Read "When Will The Blues Leave" reviewed by John Ephland

Ornette Coleman recorded “When Will The Blues Leave" in early 1958, released the next year on Something Else!!!! (Contemporary). Paul Bley played Coleman's blues four years later on The Floater Syndrome (Savoy Records), a trio recording with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca. Both versions--Coleman's in a quintet with trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Don ...


Article: Reassessing

Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow is the Question!

Read "Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow is the Question!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Ornette ColemanTomorrow is the QuestionContemporary1959Shaking out of the contractual obligation forcing him to employ a pianist on his debut, Something Else!!!! (Contemporary, 1958), alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman dispensed with the instrument altogether on 1959's Tomorrow is the Question!, causing a bit of consternation on the part of the ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Ornette Coleman & Thelonious Monk: One Revolution After Another

Read "Ornette Coleman & Thelonious Monk: One Revolution After Another" reviewed by Chris May

Two albums in Original Jazz Classics' Remasters series capture one iconoclastic genius at his late 1950s' peak and another limbering up for 1960s' notoriety. Each disc benefits from Joe Tarantino's resonant remastering. Ornette ColemanSomething Else!!!!Original Jazz Classics/Contemporary2011 (1958) In early 1958, when Contemporary's director/producer, ...


News: Recording

Chet Baker, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderly Headline Concord Jazz Reissues

Chet Baker, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderly Headline Concord Jazz Reissues

Concord Music Group will release six new titles in the Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on June 14, 2011. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, generous helpings of bonus tracks (many of them previously unreleased), and new liner notes that provide historical and technical context, the series showcases some of the most pivotal recordings of ...



Label: Jazz Station Records
Released: 1999


The Music of Ornette Coleman: Something Else!!!!

Label: Contemporary
Released: 1958
Track listing: Invisible; The Blessing; Jayne; Chippie; The Disguise; Angel Voice; Alpha; When Will the Blues Leave?; The Sphinx.


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