- Miles Davis LP: Kind of Blue
- Dave Brubeck Quartet LP: Time Out
- Charles Mingus LP: Ah Um
- Ornette Coleman LP: The Shape of Jazz to Come
- It started the Free Jazz Movement
- It contained an interracial band
- It used a Plastic Saxophone
Ornette is one of the original innovators of Free Jazz that infamous players like Coltrane (John & Alice), Pharaoh Sanders, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and Sonny Rollins would later become famous for playing. Free Jazz was largely based on Be-Bop solos. However, Coleman sought to do the opposite of what Davis did. Davis condensed the solo/phrasing, Coleman extended it and took it a step further by allowing the solo to become the basic rhythm of the song and then he could continue to solo within the solo, if that makes sense. Listening to the music of Free Jazz has confused many that have trained ears in jazz. It's a love it or hate it sound so to say. My father was not a fan of a lot of the Free Jazz musicians, he would say it sounded like all of the band members were tuning their instruments at the same time as loud as they could. This may be an accurate description of the overall sound of Free Jazz, it indeed is intricate and Free. This LP also showcased Ornette playing a white plastic saxophone with a racially mixed (Black & White) band. Dave Brubeck later added a Black Bassist to his quartet, but Ornette was the first of the four to step out with his interracial band. Ornette invented a new subgenre of Jazz-Free Jazz, that lives on today. He was the only one of the four that was able to achieve this feat.