At The Golden Circle Vol. 2
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Album: At The Golden Circle Vol. 2
# Song Title   Time
1)    Snowflakes and Sunshine More Info...
2)    Morning Song More Info...
3)    The Riddle More Info...
4)    Antiques More Info...
5)    Morning Song (Alternate Take) More Info...
6)    The Riddle (Alternate Take) More Info...
7)    Antiques (Alternate Take) More Info...
 

Album: At The Golden Circle Vol. 2
# Song Title   Time
1)    Snowflakes and Sunshine More Info...
2)    Morning Song More Info...
3)    The Riddle More Info...
4)    Antiques More Info...
5)    Morning Song (Alternate Take) More Info...
6)    The Riddle (Alternate Take) More Info...
7)    Antiques (Alternate Take) More Info...
 
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  • Personnel includes: Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone); David Izenzon (bass); Charles Moffett (drums).
  • Producer: Francis Wolf.
  • Recorded live at the Golden Gircle, Stockholm, Sweden on December 3 & 4, 1965. Originally released on Blue Note (84225). Includes liner notes Ludvig Rasmusson and John Litweiler.
  • Personnel: Ornette Coleman (saxophone); Charles Moffett (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
  • Liner Note Author: John B. Litweiler.
  • Recording information: Golden Circle (Gyllene Cirkeln), Stockholm, Sweden (12/03/1965/12/04/1965); Golden Circle, Stockholm, Sweden (12/03/1965/12/04/1965).
  • Photographer: Francis Wolff.
  • The second night of Ornette Coleman's two-week stand in Sweden was even fierier than the first, if the recorded documents are to be believed. For starters, December 4 was the night that Coleman brought out the violin and the trumpet on the first tune; "Snowflakes and Sunshine" must have taken club-goers by surprise. Those first notes skitter across the neck as the bow goes "scree" in the middle registers and bassist David Izenzon moves to create an atonal bed of rock for Coleman, while Charles Moffett plays in the triple time to a cipher of a time signature. And just as the violin starts to create a tension that is difficult for the other two members of his trio to endure musically, Coleman switches to trumpet and hauls it back inside, or at least to the ledge's edge before returning to the violin a few minutes later. The rhythm sect tries to rein him in, but he careens off Izenzon's arco playing and into an entirely new harmonic language. For the rest of the gig, it's back to the alto, with Coleman even going as far as to goof on Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" on the opening bars of "Morning Song" before playing a ballad every bit as tender and angularly beautiful as one of his. "Riddles" is one of Coleman's Eastern screamers, played modally with the same kind of breathy acrobatics Coltrane used on the music that made it onto the posthumous Sunship. There are several drone modes created by Izenzon, with off-measure rhythmic figures cut by Moffett. Coleman plays the alto as one would a Tibetan oboe or a thighbone trumpet, reaching deep into the lower register to touch the drone and then sail off into scalar abandon. There is more than enough fire, but the astonishing thing is the color and texture Coleman gets from the horn. The set closes with a lovely, knotty piece called "Antiques," in which Izenzon and Coleman match modes for an interesting meeting of the minds in a dramatic wash of color and mood. This is the stronger of the two evenings, but they are both fine records by an under-recognized band in Coleman's development. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Q (3/02, p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This influential concert alerted Europe to the expanding horizons of posy-bop jazz...a bracing set - even making room for a ballad, the smoky 'Morning Song'. Significant stuff and by no means dauntingly esoteric."

Down Beat (May 2002, p.60) - 4.5 out of 5 stars - "...Coleman, in some of his finest moments on record, plays like a man swept up in exaltation..."

Mojo (Publisher) (April 2002, p.126) - "...Ornette's reputation had evolved from being a kooky semi-novelty...to being a respected figurehead of the avant-garde....he was set apart...by his unerring sense of melody and motif and dazzling rhythmic flair..."
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