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Ornette Coleman is one of the most prolific jazz saxophonists of all time, not to mention one of the great players of the instrument. Here, you'll find a complete list of the best Ornette Coleman albums, including every studio album as well as pictures of the cover artwork. This Ornette Coleman discography is ranked from best to worst, based on your votes on the full recorded output of this pioneer of "free jazz" and inventor of "harmelodics", so the top Ornette Coleman albums can be found at the top of the list. Mr. Coleman was a master improvisor and groundbreaking composer, so there is certainly a lot of diversity between his popular (and not-so-popular) records. If you think the greatest Ornette Coleman album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Ornette Coleman album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Ornette Coleman album of all time?" or "What are the top Ornette Coleman albums?" then this list will answer your questions. Not only did Ornette Coleman build a career with his trumpet playing, but he also played violin and trumpet. Moreover, he composed a long list of great albums, including hits like The Shape of Jazz to Come and Change of the Century.

This list of popular Ornette Coleman albums has been voted on by jazz fans around the world. You too can help rank each album starting with the best by voting up your favorite albums and voting any down if you feel they should be lower on the list.

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The Shape of Jazz to Come is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Change of the Century is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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This Is Our Music is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Tomorrow Is the Question! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Dancing in Your Head is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Something Else!!!! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Free Jazz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Free Jazz 1960

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Song X: Twentieth Anniversary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Something Else!!! The Music of... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Science Fiction is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Virgin Beauty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Skies of America is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Soapsuds, Soapsuds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Ornette! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Ornette! 1962

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In All Languages is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Ornette On Tenor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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The Art of the Improvisers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Of Human Feelings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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The Empty Foxhole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Body Meta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Body Meta 1978

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Opening the Caravan of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Opening the Caravan of Dreams 1985

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Chappaqua Suite is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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New York Is Now is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Sound Museum - Hidden Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Broken Shadows is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Love Call is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Love Call 1990

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Twins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Twins 1971

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Prime Design is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Prime Design 1983

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Sound Grammar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Sound Grammar 2006

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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Naked Lunch 1991

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An Evening with Ornette Colema... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Whom Do You Work For? is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Ornette at 12 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Ornette at 12 1968

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Crisis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time
Crisis 1969

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To Whom Who Keeps a Record is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Tone Dialing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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The Unprecedented Music of Orn... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Who's Crazy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time

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Sound Museum - Three Women is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ornette Coleman Albums of All Time