Ornette Coleman Round Trip - Ornette Coleman On Blue Note (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) 180g 6LP Box Set

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All-Analog 180g Vinyl 6LP Box Set!
Includes All Six Blue Note Albums Featuring Coleman!
First-Ever Box Set In The Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series!
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio From The Original Analog Master Tapes, Produced By Music Matters' Joe Harley & Pressed at RTI!

Tracking Angle Rated 8/10 Music, 10/10 Sound!

Round Trip: Ornette Coleman On Blue Note is the first-ever box set to be released as part of the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series. The 6-LP set presents all-analog 180g Tone Poet Vinyl Editions of all six Blue Note albums that the iconoclastic saxophonist and composer appeared on in the late-1960s including his five albums as a leader - the two volume At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm (1965), The Empty Foxhole (1966), New York Is Now! (1968), and Love Call (1968) - as well as his lone sideman appearance on New And Old Gospel (1967) by saxophonist Jackie McLean.

Round Trip was produced by Joe Harley with vinyl mastered by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio directly from the original analog master tapes. The vinyl is manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI) and packaged in deluxe Stoughton Printing "Old Style" tip-on jackets that come encased in a hardcover slipcase. The set also includes a booklet featuring rare photos and an enlightening essay by critic Thomas Conrad.

Coleman shook the jazz world when he arrived at the Five Spot Café in New York City in 1959 and began his run of seminal albums on Atlantic that laid the foundation for the free jazz movement to come. After a period of disillusionment during which he withdrew from public music making, Coleman re-emerged on Blue Note in 1966 and began writing an intriguing new chapter of his legendary career.

"I have been an Ornette Coleman fanatic going back to the late-'60s, in fact going back to the time the records in this set were originally recorded for Blue Note," says Harley. "Turns out Don Was is as big an Ornette fan as me, so it was only a matter of time before we put our heads together to plan this boxset. I love those early records Ornette did for Atlantic... who doesn't? But I feel that Ornette's later recordings for Blue Note are every bit as vital and important to gain a more complete understanding of his musical evolution."

"It is true that the most shattering of his wails could wake the proverbial dead," writes Conrad in his essay. "But something happened to Coleman's tone while he was woodshedding those two years. In the Golden Circle it is still penetrating but more pure. His cries are even more vocal, more human. His control of microtones provides new resources of expression. He can now make the same note sound ecstatic or despairing or anywhere in between, through microtonal nuance."

At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm, Vol. 1 (1965)
At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm, Vol. 2 (1965)

In late 1965, Coleman embarked on his first tour of Europe with a new trio featuring David Izenzon on bass and Charles Moffett on drums. Two nights of the trio's two-week engagement at the Golden Circle (Gyllene Cirkeln) in Stockholm, Sweden were recorded and released across two volumes the following year. The freewheeling live sets were electrifying and found the saxophonist jumping off into sound explorations on the violin and trumpet as well.

The Empty Foxhole (1966)
Coleman's first studio recording for Blue Note was his first studio album in four years and he once again confounded expectations by selecting his 10-year-old son Denardo Coleman to play drums on the date alongside bassist Charlie Haden. The music is raw and exploratory with solemn ruminations and bursts of unbridled joy. The striking album cover features a painting by Ornette himself.

New And Old Gospel (1967)
Coleman's next appearance on a Blue Note album came in a rare sideman role on this explosive session led by alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. McLean had already waded into the avant-garde on prior Blue Note dates like One Step Beyond and Destination... Out!, but he went even deeper here with Coleman featured entirely on trumpet along with LaMont Johnson on piano, Scott Holt on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Following an extended suite by McLean on Side 1, the second half of the program featured two Coleman compositions.

New York Is Now! (1968)
Love Call (1968)

On April 29 and May 7, 1968, Coleman brought a dynamic quartet with tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones into the studio to record what would yield his final two albums for Blue Note. The alchemy of this group, which combined Coleman's first-time two-saxophone pairing with a rhythm team deeply associated with John Coltrane, produced thrilling results.

Round Trip: Ornette Coleman on Blue Note contains a gorgeously illustrated booklet with many rare photos, discographical info, and an excellent critical essay by jazz journalist Thomas Conrad.... [T]he material's presentation in chronological and aesthetic context makes a solid case for reappraising Coleman's extremely creative, exploratory tenure at the label.
-Thom Jurek,, 4/5 stars
As usual, the individual records in Round Trip: Ornette Coleman On Blue Note come in laminated tip-on jackets, with a laminated slipcase and 16-page booklet rounding out the package. The archival photos are fascinating and Thomas Conrad's liner notes are informative. The six 180g LPs pressed at RTI are flat and quiet. Get it if you're an Ornette fan, or a curious listener if the price is right. The Golden Circle LPs are the true highlight, but you'll want the whole thing anyway.
-Malachi Lui, Tracking Angle, Music 8/10, Sound 10/10


  • 6LP Box Set
  • All-Analog 180g Vinyl
  • Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series
  • First-ever box set to be released as part of the series
  • LP1: At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm Vol. 1 (1965)
  • LP2: At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm Vol. 2 (1965)
  • LP3: The Empty Foxhole (1966)
  • LP4: New And Old Gospel (1967)
  • LP5 New York Is Now! (1968)
  • LP6: Love Call (1968)
  • Produced & supervised by Joe Harley
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio directly from the Original Analog Master Tapes
  • Pressed at RTI
  • Deluxe Stoughton Printing "Old Style" tip-on jackets
  • Booklet wtih rare photos & essay by critic Thomas Conrad
  • Hardcover slipcase

Musicians (LP 1 & LP 2)

Ornette Coleman alto, violin, trumpet
David Izenzon bass
Charles Moffet drums

Musicians (LP 3)

Ornette Coleman alto sax, trumpet, violin
Charles Haden bass
Ornette Denardo Coleman drums

Musicians (LP 4)

Jackie McLean alto sax
Ornette Coleman trumpet
LaMont Johnson piano
Scott Holt bass
Billy Higgins drums

Musicians (LP 5)

Ornette Coleman alto sax
Dewey Redman tenor sax
Jimmy Garrison bass
Elvin Jones drums

Musicians (LP 6)

Ornette Coleman alto sax, trumpet
Dewey Redman tenor sax
Jimmy Garrison bass
Elvin Jones drums


LP 1: The Ornette Coleman Trio - At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm, Vol. 1 (BST-84224)

Side 1:
  1. Faces And Places
  2. European Echoes
Side 2:
  1. Dee Dee
  2. Dawn

LP 2: The Ornette Coleman Trio - At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm, Vol. Two (BST-84225)

Side 1:
  1. Snowflakes And Sunshine
  2. Morning Song
Side 2:
  1. The Riddle
  2. Antiques

LP 3: Ornette Coleman - The Empty Foxhole (BST-84246)

Side 1:
  1. Good Old Days
  2. The Empty Foxhole
  3. Sound Gravitation
Side 2:
  1. Freeway Express
  2. Faithful
  3. Zig Zag

LP 4: Jackie McLean/Ornette Coleman - New And Old Gospel (BST-84262)

Side 1:
  1. Lifeline: A. Offspring / B. Midway / C. Vernzone / D. The Inevitable End
Side 2:
  1. Old Gospel
  2. Strange As It Seems

LP 5: Ornette Coleman - New York Is Now! (BST-84287)

Side 1:
  1. The Garden Of Souls
  2. Toy Dance
Side 2:
  1. We Now Interrupt For A Commercial
  2. Broad Way Blues
  3. Round Trip

LP 6: Ornette Coleman - Love Call (BST-84356)

Side 1:
  1. Airborne
  2. Love Call
Side 2:
  1. Open To The Public
  2. Check Out Time

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