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Lonely Woman Got Lonelier

June 12, 2015

I have always thought it unfortunate that The Shape of Jazz to Come opens with “Lonely Woman”. I understand it. If you are putting out such a challenging album, one that will bewilder and even anger many listeners, one they might not make it all the way through, it makes sense to start with its most accessible tune. Which is, as it happens, also one of the most heart-wrenchingly beautiful pieces of music anyone has ever made. But that is what makes it a natural closer. After listening to “Lonely Woman” you are done. You don’t need to hear anything else for a while.

R.I.P. Ornette

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One Comment
  1. I have similar feelings about “Maggot Brain” as the opening track of its album.

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