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Fort Worth TX, United States (1930 – present)

Ornette Coleman (born 1930) is an American and . He is one of the major innovators of the 1960s movement and one of the most notable figures in jazz history.

Coleman was born on 9th March 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he began performing rhythm and blues and bebop, initially on tenor saxophone. He later switched to alto, which has remained his primary instrument. Coleman’s timbre is perhaps one of the most easily recognised in jazz; his keening, crying sound draws heavily on the blues. Part of the uniqueness of his sound came from his use of a plastic saxophone on his classic early recordings (Coleman claimed that it sounded drier, without the pinging sound of metal), though in more recent years he has played a metal saxophone.

Coleman is most famous for his albums The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959), Free Jazz (1961), and Skies Of America (1972). In The Shape of Jazz to Come, he and his famous quartet, consisting of Don Cherry on trumpet, Charlie Haden on upright bass, and Billy Higgins on drums, play solos free of a chordal structure, due in part to the absence of the pianist or guitarist that had been traditional in jazz. On Free Jazz, Coleman brings together his quartet from the previous album, together with multi-instrumental reedist Eric Dolphy, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Ed Blackwell for a forty-minute double-quartet recording.


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  • oaquard

    Science Fiction >>>>>

    5 May 5:47am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @Sunzy I'm very late replying to you but just in case you haven't answered your own question by now, Coleman never made any full records that could be described as Modal, but some of his earliest stuff dabbles with some harmony that could be called Modal. But he never had any phase of making Modal music.

    23 Jan 10:04pm Reply
  • yarkypumypumy

    I've listened to a lot of jazz over the years and ain't no one topped Coleman for me.

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • innercities

    the two double bass quartet returns on "sound grammar"

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Mega kolo, fantastyczne są te jego jamy. Mnie najbardziej rozwala chyba Free Jazz, bo ma takie ciepłe brzmienie, jak dom mój rodzinny za dziecięcych mych lat. Ale trąby grajo! Kto wie, czy nie jest on największym żyjącym dżezmenem.

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • Coltranes_Ghost


    29 Apr 2014 Reply
  • voodoo_rites

    Happy Birthday!

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Skies of America is pretty amazing [2] That album blew my mind. It is a very amazing album.

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Got a copy of Dancing in you Head on vinyl for 4 bucks!

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    по сути ничего нового он не создал, но вся его творческая судьба - лишнее доказательство значимости фигуры аутсайдера в музыке

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Falling in love with his beautiful music!

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
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  • KaueCp

    chess soundtrack.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Fastarthur


    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Sunzy

    Did Ornette produce any Modal jazz at all?

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Kerapace

    Let's talk about how ridiculous 80s Ornette Coleman is. Like, the mix of avant-funk freakouts and sheer synth-and-drum-machine kitsch. It's bizarrely glorious.

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Skies of America is pretty amazing [2] this album is so deep it's literally life-changing

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Metaknite

    no but seriously Skies of America is pretty amazing

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Metaknite

    good thing it's free jazz cuz i sure as shit wouldn't pay for it! [2]

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    [good thing it's free jazz cuz i sure as shit wouldn't pay for it!] LMAO

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
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