Label: SME Records - SRGS 4554 • Format: SACD Stereo, Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Jazz, Classical • Style: Free Jazz, Fusion, Contemporary
Skies of America is the 17th album by jazz saxophonist Ornette Colemanreleased on Columbia Records in It consists of one long composition by Coleman taking up both sides of the album, played by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by David Measham. Coleman had encountered third stream music in the s, had played sessions for Gunther Schuller inand had composed two earlier orchestral works, Inventions of Symphonic Poems in and Sun Suite of San Francisco in He had initially envisioned Skies as a concerto grosso for jazz combo and orchestra, but owing to contractual disputes with the musician's union in Englandhis band would The Soul Within Woman - Ornette Coleman be allowed to record at all, and Coleman limited his own contribution to solos over the orchestra for Run Run - Second Come - Old Shoes (File) segments of the music.
Disenchanted with the music business after a less-than-enthusiastic response to his music, Coleman took a sabbatical to Montana in All of a sudden, I saw the American Indian and the sky as the same people. It taught me something about religion, race, wealth, poverty, commerce.
I said: 'Oh, I'm going to go over to the other side. I only want to be on the side of the consciousness that comes to people naturally. Coleman began writing sketches of what became Skies of America. The album contains nearly all of the music that Coleman wrote for Skies of Americathough several repeated motifs and two other segments were removed from the work in order to accommodate the limited album playing time. The 21 track titles were added by Coleman as an afterthought, Columbia executives hoping that the work might attract airplay via shorter lengths given promotion similar to that for singles.
The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek stated that "this is still dangerous and rewarding Der Kampf Geht Weiter - Ton Steine Scherben - Warum Geht Es Mir So Dreckig?. The piece appeared in full continuity without the break for the album sides.
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