Ornette Coleman Biography (Wikipedia)
Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9 or 19, 1930 – June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer known as a principal founder of the free jazz genre, a term derived from his 1960 album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. His pioneering early 1960s performances often dispensed with the chordal and harmony-based playing traditionally found in jazz, instead emphasizing a jarring tone and emotional approach to improvisation. In the 1970s, he formed the group Prime Time and explored funk and his concept of Harmolodic music.
Coleman's "Broadway Blues" and "Lonely Woman" became genre standards and are cited as important early works in free jazz. His album Sound Grammar received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music. AllMusic called him "one of the most important (and controversial) innovators of the jazz avant-garde."
Ornette Coleman Tracks