Experiencing Ornette Coleman: A Listener's Companion by Michael Stephans

By Michael Stephans

Saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Ornette Coleman, in addition to pianist Cecil Taylor, used to be one of many founding forces of the unfastened Jazz stream which took the track global through hurricane within the Nineteen Fifties and 60s. His brilliance as an instrumentalist firstly located him as a polarizing determine, yet ultimately introduced him reputation as an American unique and foreign jazz treasure.

Jazz drummer Michael Stephans explores the non-public demanding situations Coleman confronted, the track he made from one decade to the following, and the tremendously optimistic angle he maintained within the face of lots negativity all through his existence. Revealing how Coleman turned an iconic, enigmatic determine not just in jazz, yet in a lot of up to date improvisational tune, Stephans weaves jointly research of Coleman’s recordings with interviews of these who knew Coleman best.

Experiencing Ornette Coleman: A Listener's Companion encourages either jazz devotees and readers with little wisdom of the song to track the inspirational trip of this now-seminal determine from his early years throughout the beginnings of the recent millennium. alongside the way in which, readers will know about the track and motivations of the unfastened jazz flow whereas experiencing an totally human tale of creative genius and expression.

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