- Release date
- 28 Apr 2005
- Running length
- 8 tracks
- Running time
|1||What Reason Could I Give||3:04||14,857|
|5||Rock The Clock||3:14||10,928|
|6||All My Life||3:53||8,868|
|8||The Jungle Is A Skyscraper||5:24||6,709|
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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