Ornette Coleman

Born 19 March 1930.
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Jazz Library - Ornette Coleman

Alyn Shipton selects the key recordings of influential saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

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Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (born March 9, 1930) is an American saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s, having also invented the term "free jazz" by naming his album so. Coleman's timbre is easily recognized: his keening, crying sound draws heavily on blues music. His album Sound Grammar received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for music.

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  1. Review of Sound Grammar

    Sound Grammar 2006

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    The Harmolodic master's first release for some time; and it's a beauty.
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