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Ornette Coleman

Posted by purplemary54 on June 11, 2015

Jazz legend and pioneer Ornette Coleman has died at the age of 85.  (Click here for a good essay about him from ABC news.)

Coleman was a musician like no one had ever heard before; the aforementioned ABC article likens him to James Joyce and Jackson Pollock.  He was revolutionary.  While I don’t own any of Coleman’s brilliant albums (something I should rectify soon), I’ve long enjoyed and been intrigued by his sound.  This is music that demands something of the listener, that makes you pay attention.  You may not like it, but you cannot deny it.

It was also announced today that Christopher Lee had died, so it’s not been the greatest day in the entertainment world.  I guess the Universe needed some more talent in the afterlife.


2 Responses to “Ornette Coleman”

  1. One of my favorites–and he hailed from Fort Worth, neighboring city of my hometown (Dallas). I’m mighty proud of this Texas music innovator.

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