Ornette Coleman passed away on Thursday, June 11. Known primarily as a saxophonist but also a trumpeter and violinist, Coleman was a giant of the scene and his contributions to jazz were seismic. His 1961 LP Free Jazz was ground zero for experimental improvisation. It is a rare early '60s album best heard in stereo, not mono, as it was recorded with two different quartets playing simultaneously, one in each channel. The lineup includes major players including Don Cherry, Eric Dolphy, and Charlie Haden. When I made my nascent moves into learning jazz, this was the first album that I bought. It remains a colossus in music history as well as one of my favorite jazz records. The original album has one composition--the title track--running 37 minutes (the side break on the LP comes at 19:27). Here it is in its entirety. If you're interested in jazz at all I encourage you to just let it play through, maybe while you're doing something else. It's a contender for jazz's most important album.