Science Fiction

Label
Sony
Release date
28 Apr 2005
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
36:48

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 What Reason Could I Give 3:04 14,457
2 Civization Day 6:07 439
3 Street Woman 4:47 16,125
4 Science Fiction 4:59 9,556
5 Rock The Clock 3:14 10,646
6 All My Life 3:53 8,587
7 Law Years 5:20 19,981
8 The Jungle Is A Skyscraper 5:24 6,449

About this album

Ornette Coleman’s first album for Columbia followed a stint on Blue Note that found the altoist in something of a holding pattern. Science Fiction was his creative rebirth, a stunningly inventive and appropriately alien-sounding blast of manic energy. Coleman pulls out all the stops, working with a variety of different lineups and cramming the record full of fresh ideas and memorable themes. Bassist Charlie Haden and drummers Billy Higgins and/or Ed Blackwell are absolutely indispensable to the overall effect, playing with a frightening, whirlwind intensity throughout. The catchiest numbers — including two songs with Indian vocalist Asha Puthli, which sound like pop hits from an alternate universe — have spacy, long-toned melodies that are knocked out of orbit by the rhythm section’s churning chaos, which often creates a totally different pulse. Two tracks reunite Coleman’s classic quartet of Haden, Higgins, and Don Cherry; “Street Woman” just wails, and “Civilization Day” is a furious, mind-blowing up-tempo burner. “Law Years” and “The Jungle Is a Skyscraper” feature a quintet with Haden, Blackwell, tenorist Dewey Redman, and trumpeter Bobby Bradford; both have racing, stop-start themes, and “Jungle“‘s solos have some downright weird groaning effects.

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