Album: Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Tony Kofi, For the Love of Ornette (Jazzwerkstatt)

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Though led and largely written by electric-bassist Tacuma, this is basically a new Ornette Coleman recording, and a pretty good one too.

It's an octet studio session from last year, with Coleman playing alto alongside the UK's Tony Kofi on tenor, and Wolfgang Puschnig on flute. Unusually for Coleman, there's even a pianist, Yoichi Uzeki. The closing sequence is a killer: a spacey ballad, followed by the funky "Vibe on This OC", whose riff is reprised in the final "Celebration...".