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Ornette Coleman

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

Coleman's debut was original, but it did not explore any n ...read more

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

Coleman's debut was original, but it did not explore any new musical territory. In 1959, however, heplaced 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 solelyon improvisation, it indeed pointed to the future of jazz and soon bebop giants like Charles Mingusand particularly John Coltrane would experiment with this new type of music. Coleman furtheredexplored this new genre's capabilities with Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, whichfeatured, for the first time, an entire album devoted to improvised music. Mixing in solos with groupimprovisations, it took the foundations of his previous album and firmly cemented free jazz as a formof music.

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

One of the most important figures in jazz history and a master of the genre he helped invent, Coleman could also pressume of having lived far longer than most of his peers, the vast mayority of whom passed in the 90s and early 2000s in what seemed like the age of dying legends. Unfortunately, no one is immortal, and on June 11th, 2015, Coleman passed away from cardiac arrest in New York City. « hide

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

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Sound Grammar
2006

3.5
13 Votes
Virgin Beauty
1988

3.3
10 Votes
Of Human Feelings
1982

4.6
6 Votes
Body Meta
1978

4.1
4 Votes
Dancing In Your Head
1977

3.9
20 Votes
Skies of America
1972

3.2
9 Votes
Science Fiction
1972

4.6
9 Votes
Twins
1971

3.3
4 Votes
The Art of the Improvisers
1970

3.5
14 Votes
The Empty Foxhole
1967

4.1
5 Votes
Ornette on Tenor
1962

4.1
6 Votes
Ornette!
1961

4
7 Votes
This Is Our Music
1961

4
17 Votes
Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation
1960

4.1
109 Votes
Change of the Century
1960

4
48 Votes
Tomorrow Is the Question!
1959

3.6
11 Votes
The Shape of Jazz to Come
1959

4.4
331 Votes
Something Else!!!!
1958

3.4
15 Votes
Live Albums
At The Golden Circle, Volume Two
1966

4.3
7 Votes
At The Golden Circle, Volume One
1966

4.1
7 Votes
Compilations
The Complete Science Fiction Sessions
2000

4.3
9 Votes

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