"Lonely Woman" is a jazz composition by Ornette Coleman. Coleman's recording of it was the opening track on his 1959 Atlantic Records album The Shape of Jazz to Come. Alongside Coleman's alto saxophone, the recording featured Don Cherry on cornet, Charlie Haden on double bass and Billy Higgins on drums.
In an interview with Jacques Derrida, Coleman spoke of the origin of the composition:
"Before becoming known as a musician, when I worked in a big department store, one day, during my lunch break, I came across a gallery where someone had painted a very rich white woman who had absolutely everything that you could desire in life, and she had the most solitary expression in the world. I had never been confronted with such solitude, and when I got back home, I wrote a piece that I called 'Lonely Woman.' "
Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
Recorded and released in 1959
00:00 Lonely Woman
18:25 Focus on Sanity
Ornette Coleman - alto saxophone
Don Cherry - cornet
Charlie Haden - bass
Billy Higgins - drums
"Focus On Sanity" by Ornette Coleman