On "Ornette" Mitchell pays homage to the master; high energy Ornette inspired tonal jazz, music that bombards from all sides. On "Sound" the breakthrough on this album the musicans alternate soloing interspaced with periods of silence. At times the intruments wail over crashing cymbals and other times they cry as if in agony/5(7).
Sound, Roscoe Mitchell's debut as a leader, was an early free jazz landmark and an enormously groundbreaking album in many respects. Historically, it marked the very first time that members of Chicago's seminal AACM community appeared on record; it also showcased the early chemistry between future Art Ensemble of Chicago members Mitchell, Lester Bowie, and Malachi Favors.
With Sound, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell unloosed blazing glory in Expressing an emphasis on music as, of course, "sound" rather than "tune," Mitchell's sextet starts with an immediately fast gait. The quickness is undergirded by Malachi Favors's bass and Lester Lashley's cello on "Ornette," of which an alternate take opens the CD/5(7).