Jazz Is: 27 – In the Shape of Mood to Come

by A. Jay Adler on February 9, 2011
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Only twenty years separate these two numbers. Glenn Miller‘s “In the Mood,” recorded in 1939, is one of the most famous pieces of the Swing, big band era. Here it is in a rendition led by Tex Beneke, who took charge of Miller’s orchestra in the immediate post-War years, after Miller disappeared in a flight over the English channel in December 1944. Soon enough, Bebop was the prevailing jazz form, then Rock n Roll the new popular music of the young. It’s a swell bit of film. ;-)

Ornette Coleman‘s “Lonely Woman,” recorded in 1959, appeared on the groundbreaking album The Shape of Jazz to Come. Both a deeply controversial and widely acclaimed musician his entire career, Coleman was heralded by musical greats as knowledgeable and different from him as Leonard Bernstein and Virgil Thompson. As recently as 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album Sound Grammar.

In the Mood

Lonely Woman

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Rob February 9, 2011 at 8:30 am

Hi Jay…

Watching the Ornette Coleman clip reminded me of the great scene in “Tom Dowd and the Language of Music” where he talks about him and Phil Ramone recording the quartets of Coleman and Eric Dolphy. It’s such a great film if you haven’ seen it.





A. Jay Adler February 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Thanks, Rob. It’s new to me and seems fascinating. I’ll check it out.


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