Top Menu View Cart

ESP 4054 ESP 1002
ESP 1021
ESP 1027 ESP 4053 ESP 4065
"You have never heard such sounds in you life"

Main Menu

Browse Catalog by
ESP 1006

Ornette Coleman - Town Hall, 1962
ESP 1002

Add to Cart
320 kps MP3 DRM Free
Includes artwork & liner notes
99.85 MB zipped
In Digipack with liner notes
Re-mastered from origial tapes
Digital download included
View Cart  
On Christmas evening 1962, Coleman produced and recorded his own concert at Town Hall in New York City, with David Izenzon (bass), Charles Moffett (drums) and a string ensemble. An important release documenting a point of change in Coleman's work. "'Dedication To Poets and Writers' for string quartet, is now widely recognized as Ornette's first harmolodic chamber music based on his ideas he would later call Harmolodics. This classical string quartet curiously fits together with the three trio pieces, due to the input of bassman David Izenzon. His classical approach and his broad understanding of rhythmical complexity are the perfect match to Ornette's free and lyrical alto lines. Izenzon's ability to improvise out of context with anything that is going around him, also makes him the perfect partner for drummer Charles Moffett. Moffett is merely providing an atmospherical background, sometimes with a hard swing indeed, sometimes experimenting with free noise." -- Remco Takken


Ornette Coleman: alto sax
David Izenzon: bass
Charles Moffett: drums

String Quartet on Track #3
Selwart Clarke: violin
Nathan Goldstein: violin
Julien Barber: viola
Kermit Moore: cello

Track Listing

1. Doughnut
2. Sadness
3. Dedication to Poets and Writers
4. The Ark

Compositions by Ornette Coleman (ESP-Disk' Ltd. ASCAP & Phrase Text Music ASCAP)


Recorded on December 12, 1962 at Town Hall, NYC. Engineering by Jerry Newman. Original cover photo by Charles Shabacon. Production manager: Tom Abbs. Digital remastering: Douglas McGregor. Design by Miles Bachman & Michael Sanzone.

Press Quotes

"In the stream of its apparent freedom, this trio acts with constraints, imposed not by restriction, but by genius." - Lyn Horton, All About Jazz

"This record marks a hand full of milestones for the alto saxophonist. It's his first and only release from the ESP-Disk' label; his first recording with his new trio featuring Izenzon and Moffett; his last release before a two year hiatus from recording and live performances; and it's an early example of Coleman's theory of harmolidics featuring a string ensemble."
- This Shape Of Jazz


Promo Lp, Blank White Labels includes ESP Press Release & original inner sleeve with an essay on The New Music by Robert Ostermann, along w/ an ESP Catalogue. Cover is silkscreened. Back cover is blank. (This LP is from the estate of Lorraine & Dizzy Gillespie)
Fontana Edition
CD Get Back Reissue

ESP 4059
ESP 1067
ESP 4047
ESP 4049
ESP 4045
ESP 4044
ESP 1098
ESP 4060


ESP News The Artists New Releases Discography Live Shows The Lounge Subscribe to feed Subscribe to feed Store Policy ESP History Contact ESP Links Retailers