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The Innovator takes Center Stage (then & now)

Decades later, this ground-breaking monument to free jazz turns heads, hearts, & minds. Just one example of this was Pat Metheny using 2 of Coleman's sidemen to modernize the already modern motions of the immortal O.C. Few musicians have tried to tackle any of his works. Advanced university course loads are buckled under the strain, trying to train those brave enough to read such pieces (now half a century after they were written). If you've only just heard rumors about the mythos contained in this space/sound.... dare to try this on for size! If you don't HEAR it the 1st time, that only intensifies the surprize when you do. & ON a DIFFERENT NOTE: Ornette was presented with his Grammy in 2007, but nobody could say that night just WHAT he was about. Let alone, let him PLAY! ...Even after 50 yrs. of genius.


Born: March 9, 1930 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most important (and controversial) innovators of the jazz avant-garde, Ornette Coleman gained both loyal followers and lifelong detractors when he seemed to burst on the scene in 1959 fully formed. Although he, and Don Cherry in his original quartet, played opening and closing melodies together, their solos dispensed altogether with chordal improvisation and harmony, instead playing quite freely off of the mood of the theme. Coleman's tone (which purposely wavered in pitch) rattled some...
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