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Skies of America

Artist: Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman - Skies of America CD
Label: Sony
Regular Price: $12.95
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Year: 1972
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Ornette Coleman began composing for classical ensembles in the early 1960's; in 1972 his symphonic composition SKIES OF AMERICA was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. The piece is hauntingly melodious, scored for massed strings playing in high registers and ominous, rumbling percussion. On four tracks, Coleman's mercurial blues-rich alto soars over the orchestra. There are some similarities to the symphonic works of Samuel Barber, Aaron Copeland, Charles Ives and (especially) Igor Stravinsky, yet SKIES never appears derivative. Ornette Coleman, with his richly evocative writing, here fashions an elegy to the beauty and sorrow that remain part of the American Experience.
ARTISTS
Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone); David Measham (conductor); London Symphony Orchestra
TRACKS
1. Skies Of America
2. Native Americans
3. Good Life, The
4. Birthdays And Funerals
5. Dreams
6. Sounds Of Sculpture
7. Holiday For Heroes
8. All Of My Life
9. Dancers
10. Soul Within Woman, The
11. Artist In America, The
12. New Anthem, The
13. Place In Space
14. Foreigner In A Free Land
15. Silver Screen
16. Poetry
17. Men Who Live In The White House, The
18. Love Life
19. Military, The
20. Jam Session
21. Sunday In America
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