Ornette Coleman

The soft-spoken demeanor of innovative composer, saxophonist and musical theoretician Ornette Coleman masks the steeled determination of a visionary that led him from the wrong side of the tracks in Jim Crow Texas to the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Coleman developed “harmolodics,” a word and a concept that combine harmony, melody, and movement just as his music integrates them in a radical assertion of freedom for each player in an ensemble. As Gunther Schuller commented, Coleman’s “musical inspiration operates in a world uncluttered by conventional bar lines, conventional chord changes, and... Read More

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