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06-11 Ornette Coleman dies aged 85


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Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman (born March, 9, 1930) is a saxophonist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who came to prominence in the late 50s by pioneering free jazz. At the start of his career, Coleman's uniorthodox playing, largely ignoring the structure of conventional jazz, made him somewhat of an outcast by those who simply believed him to be a poor musician. However, he was eventually signed and released his debut, Something Else!!!!, which helped inject blues back into jazz after bebop had removed nearly all its traces.

Coleman's debut was original, but it did not explor ...read more

Ornette Coleman (born March, 9, 1930) is a saxophonist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who came to prominence in the late 50s by pioneering free jazz. At the start of his career, Coleman's uniorthodox playing, largely ignoring the structure of conventional jazz, made him somewhat of an outcast by those who simply believed him to be a poor musician. However, he was eventually signed and released his debut, Something Else!!!!, which helped inject blues back into jazz after bebop had removed nearly all its traces.

Coleman's debut was original, but it did not explore any new musical territory. In 1959, however, he placed himself at the forefront of the jazz world with arguably the first free jazz album ever recorded, The Shape of Jazz to Come. Completely abandoning chord structures and relying almost solely on improvisation, it indeed pointed to the future of jazz and soon bebop giants like Charles Mingus and particularly John Coltrane would experiment with this new type of music. Coleman furthered explored this new genre's capabilities with Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, which featured, for the first time, an entire album devoted to improvised music. Mixing in solos with group improvisations, it took the foundations of his previous album and firmly cemented free jazz as a form of music.

After recording avant-garde jazz albums through the 60s and 70s, Coleman turned to electronic funk for the late 70s and 80s, in a manner not entirely unlike Miles Davis. Starting with Dancing In Your Head, Coleman began to mix jazz fusion with funk and his own avant-garde jazz, and soon adopted more electronic instruments in order to find new sounds.

Still active today (he even played Bonnaroo in 2007), Ornette Coleman remains one of the most important figures in jazz history and a master of the genre he helped invent. « hide

Similar Bands: John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus

LPs
Sound Grammar
2006

3.5
12 Votes
Virgin Beauty
1988

3.3
8 Votes
Body Meta
1978

4.5
1 Votes
Dancing In Your Head
1977

3.9
19 Votes
Skies of America
1972

2.9
7 Votes
Science Fiction
1972

4.5
1 Votes
Twins
1971

3.3
2 Votes
The Art of the Improvisers
1970

3.5
11 Votes
Ornette on Tenor
1962

4.1
4 Votes
Ornette!
1961

4.2
3 Votes
This Is Our Music
1961

3.9
8 Votes
Free Jazz (A Collective Improvisation)
1960

4.1
91 Votes
Change of the Century
1960

4.1
36 Votes
The Shape of Jazz to Come
1959

4.4
288 Votes
Tomorrow Is the Question!
1959

3.6
9 Votes
Something Else!!!!
1958

3.5
12 Votes
Live Albums
At The Golden Circle, Volume One
1966

4.3
6 Votes
At The Golden Circle, Volume Two
1966

4.4
6 Votes
Compilations
The Complete Science Fiction Sessions
2000

4.2
7 Votes

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