Remembering Ornette Coleman – An Icon of American Jazz
"Coleman didn't just expand boundaries in jazz - he eliminate them and at the same time profoundly changed the destiny of jazz." -DOWNBEAT
For more than five decades saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman played a pivotal role in American music. The inventor of what has been called free jazz, Coleman belonged to that rare breed of artists/thinkers whose influence extends far beyond the realm of their chosen medium. His musical system which he called "sound grammar," is an example of applied democracy. All voices are given equal weight, all musicians are free to make deeply individual contributions while listening closely to one another, at once giving and taking space for their respective creativity. He once stated, "I want to be considered as a composer who could cross over all the borders." With his album Sound Grammar, Coleman definitely achieve that goal.