June 12, 2015 – 7:28 am


Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on June 11, 2015 in Manhattan. He was 85. The cause was cardiac arrest, a family representative said. Coleman widened the options in jazz and helped change its course. Partly through his example in the late 1950s and early ’60s, jazz became less beholden to the rules of harmony and rhythm and gained more distance from the American songbook repertoire. His own music, then and later, embodied a new type of highly informed folk song: deceptively simple melodies for small groups with an intuitive, collective musical language and a strategy for playing without preconceived chord sequences. In 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his album “Sound Grammar.”

His early work - a personal answer to his fellow alto saxophonist and innovator Charlie Parker - lay right within the jazz tradition and generated a handful of standards for jazz musicians of the last half-century. But he later challenged assumptions about jazz from top to bottom, bringing in his own ideas about instrumentation, process and technical expertise. He was more voluble and theoretical than John Coltrane, the other great pathbreaker of that jazz era. He was a kind of musician-philosopher, whose interests went well beyond jazz. He was seen as a native avant-gardist, personifying the American independent will as much as any artist of the last century. - The New York Times

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Bremen 1965/Paris 1966 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Sendesaal, Bremen, Germany; December 3, 1965. Excellent satellite broadcast. Live in Paris, France; February 12, 1966. Fair to good FM broadcast though some might call it “muddy”.

Thanks to jaype for the Bremen show; and to carville for sharing the Paris show at Dime.

Thanks to glockenspiel for the setlist.

Bremen: dvb-s > mpeg 1.0 Layer 2 > mp2 (stereo 48.000Hz > 320 kb/s) > Edision Argus Pingulux > HDD > Audacity (editing > flac)

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Bremen 1965
Track 01. Lonely Woman 16:46 (28.2MB)
Track 02. Clergyman’s Dream 15:30 (26.0MB)
Track 03. Sadness 4:45 (8.0MB)
Track 04. The Sphinx 10:44 (18.0MB)

Paris 1966
Track 05. Doughnut 14:47 (24.9MB)
Track 06. Ballad 13:34 (22.8MB)
77 mins

Ornette Coleman - alto saxophone, trumpet, violin
David Izenzon – bass
Charles Moffet – drums

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  1. 3 Responses to “ORNETTE COLEMAN R.I.P. 1930-2015”

  2. A tragic loss of an amazing jazz man. Though his death is actually the 11th. Thanks for this.

    By Chris Wolter on Jun 12, 2015

  3. Man oh man what vitality Ornette Coleman gave to the music and to humanity. The world is a better, more vibrant place for what he brought to it.

    By kingpossum on Jun 12, 2015

  4. There is no “muddy” in this recording- Sounds pretty sensational to me!

    By Luis Torregrosa on Sep 1, 2015

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