By late 1962, when Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons recorded The Cry!, Ornette Coleman's success had opened listeners' ears to free jazz. John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy further paved the way for acceptance of music moving away from the traditional moorings of jazz improvisation. It would be a mistake, however, to assume that Lasha and Simmons were emulating Coleman. Lasha was a childhood friend of Coleman's in Texas and the two played together for years, trading ideas and influencing one another. In California in 1954, Lasha and Simmons developed an affinity and collaborated in free jazz for several years before Coleman's entry into the general consciousness. The Cry! found them becoming increasingly intrepid with harmony and melody while their bassists and drummer maintained an older rhythmic feeling. The resulting creative dissonance contributed to a sense of exhilaration and discovery in their music.