Of Human Feelings
Of Human Feelings is an album by American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Ornette Coleman. It was recorded on April 25, 1979, at CBS Studios in New York City with his Prime Time band. It is the first jazz album to be recorded digitally in the U.S. and was released in 1982 by Island Records’ subsidiary label Antilles Records. Critics generally praised the album’s expressive music and harmolodics approach, but it made little commercial impact and went out of print.
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Of Human Feelings is an album by American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Ornette Coleman. It was recorded on April 25, 1979, at CBS Studios in New York City with his Prime Time band, which featured guitarists Charlie Ellerbee and Bern Nix, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and drummers Calvin Weston and Coleman’s son Denardo. The album’s jazz-funk music continued Coleman’s harmolodic approach to improvisation with Prime Time, whom he introduced on his 1975 album Dancing in Your Head. Critics generally praised the album’s expressive music and harmolodics approach, but it made little commercial impact and went out of print. It is the first jazz album to be recorded digitally in the U.S. and was released in 1982 by its subsidiary label Antilles Records. Coleman enlisted his sonDenardo as manager after a dispute with his former managers over the album’s royalties, a change that inspired him to perform publicly again during the 1980s. He also started to incorporate elements from other styles into his music, including rock influences such as the electric guitar and non-Western rhythms played by Moroccan and Nigerian musicians. In the mid-1970s, he stopped recording free jazz, recruited electric instrumentalists, and pursued a new creative theory he called harmolODics. According to Coleman’s theory, all the musicians are able to play individual melodies in any key, and still sound coherent as a group. He likened this group ethic to a spirit of \”collective consciousness\” that stresses “human feelings” and “biological rhythms” The album was recorded using a Sony PCM1600 two-track digital recorder, a rare item at the time.
Because it had been mixed with a compressed middle-frequency range and compressed dynamics, neither the album nor the songs played by the band sounded very soft or loud on the album. Coleman also applied free jazz principles from his music during the 1960s to elements of funk. He drew on rhythm and blues influences from early in his career for Of Human feelings, which had shorter and more distinct compositions than Dancing in your Head. In April, Coleman arranged another session with his old friend Kunle Mwanga, and Coleman recorded Of Human human Feelings with his band. The session was originally titled Fashion Faces, but the band did not record there because it had not been recorded with the same equipment. Coleman signed with Island Records, and the album was released on September 14, 1982, on Island Records’ subsidiary labelAntilles Records, with a release date of September 13, 1982. The band recorded the album on the first take without any equipment problems, and it was the first time the album had been recorded without any take-by-take recording. Coleman recruited Tacuma in high school when Coleman enlisted him, and first recorded with Prime time in 1975 for the album Body Meta. Tacuma had played in an ensemble for jazz organist Charles Earland, but Earland dismissed him as he felt audiences gave excessive attention to his playing.