Ornette Coleman begins the recording of ‘Tomorrow Is the Question!’ with Don Cherry, Percy Heath, Shelly Manne and Red Mitchell (1959)

Ornette Coleman’s ‘Tomorrow Is the Question!’ is his second album subtitled ‘The New Music of Ornette Coleman!’, recorded on January 16, February 23 and March 9–10, 1959 with Don Cherry, Percy Heath, Shelly Manne and Red Mitchell and released the same year bBy Contemporary.

Track Listing : 1.Tomorrow Is The Question! (Ornette Coleman) – 03:09 . 2.Tears Inside (Ornette Coleman) – 05:00 . 3.Mind And Time (Ornette Coleman) – 03:08 . 4.Compassion (Ornette Coleman) – 04:37 . 5.Giggin’ (Ornette Coleman) – 03:19 . 6.Rejoicing (Ornette Coleman) – 04:01 . 7.Lorraine (Ornette Coleman) – 05:55 . 8.Turnaround (Ornette Coleman) – 07:58 . 9.Endless (Ornette Coleman) – 05:18

Musicians : Don Cherry – Trumpet . Percy Heath – Bass On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6) . Shelly Manne – Drums . Red Mitchell – Bass On(7 – 8 – 9)

Production : Produced By Lester Koenig . Roy Dunann – Engineer

Package : Nat Hentoff – Liner Notes . Roger Marshutz – Photography

Recorded January 16, February 23 And March 9–10, 1959 At Contemporary’S Studio, Los Angeles.

Released 1959 By Contemporary.


A Swingin’ Affair · An aural book club for jazz lovers
Ultimately, Tomorrow Is The Question! is both an engaging personal statement by a great creative mind and a document of the extension of a style. Since it is impossible to hear it today with all the impact it had at the time, we must instead hear it in the context of the music that was to follow it. […]

All About Jazz
Much here sounds like standard bebop/hard bop of the period, but there is an undercurrent of creative anxiety, a nervous tension that continues to build progressively and would be heard more clearly in Coleman’s later recordings. […]

weierstrass @ RateYourMusic
Swinging in Coleman’s own unique way. It sounds much like his debut album Something Else!!!! but has a more gritty feel to it. […]


Ornette Coleman’s ‘Tomorrow Is the Question!’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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