Ornette Coleman

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‘There is no fear’: how a cold-war tour inspired Pakistan’s progressive jazz scene
A US state department initiative was the unlikely catalyst for a creative explosion of Pakistani rhythm and western improv

Haseeb Iqbal

12, Jul, 2021 @8:49 AM

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'Jazz was the catalyst for change': Jim Marshall’s images of 60s festivals
Photographer Jim Marshall shot era-defining images of 60s stars including Hendrix, Joplin and Dylan; before that he captured intimate moments with the giants of jazz

Sean O'Hagan

03, Sep, 2016 @6:00 PM

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Paul Bley – a genuine visionary of jazz
The late Canadian pianist spotted Ornette Coleman’s great gift and influenced Keith Jarrett, but above all he was a masterful and intelligent musician

John Fordham

05, Jan, 2016 @2:07 PM

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Ornette Coleman remembered by Neneh Cherry
The singer-songwriter recalls the ‘quiet intensity’ of the American saxophonist who took jazz in wild new directions

Neneh Cherry

27, Dec, 2015 @10:30 AM

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Letter: A free-flying evening in Croydon with Ornette Coleman
Michael Horovitz writes: An evening with Ornette Coleman, his first European performance, was presented by Live New Departures in Fairfield Hall, Croydon, in 1965

Michael Horovitz

18, Jun, 2015 @12:51 PM

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Robert Wyatt writes tribute to the late Ornette Coleman
Experimental musician praises the ‘timeless vocal beauty of the actual sequences of notes and phrases he could come up with, and the feeling of pure living joy of playing they can communicate’

Guardian music

16, Jun, 2015 @8:32 AM

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The week in music: the Apple Music launch, Miley Cyrus's latest sexual revelations, and more
From Ariana Grande’s Twitter feminism to the fallout from Ten Walls’ anti-gay Facebook rant, here’s our weekly music news roundup

Tshepo Mokoena

12, Jun, 2015 @4:21 PM

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Six of the best – Ornette Coleman through the decades
John Fordham picks a classic Coleman track from each decade of Coleman’s career

John Fordham

12, Jun, 2015 @1:26 PM

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Harmolodics and ham sandwiches: meeting Ornette Coleman
It may have been simple to track down the jazz pioneer, but it was not so easy to interview him, as Philip Clark found out in 2007 when he visited Coleman at his Manhattan apartment

Philip Clark

11, Jun, 2015 @6:00 PM

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Ornette Coleman at Ronnie Scott's: from the Observer archive, 17 April 1966
Observer jazz critic Benny Green’s review includes the memorable line ‘Like a stopped clock, Coleman is right at least twice a day’

Benny Green

11, Jun, 2015 @5:10 PM

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The world came to recognise the courage and rightness of Ornette Coleman
His music confronted people so directly that he was once beaten up by concertgoers – but Ornette came to be one of jazz’s torch bearers

Richard Williams

11, Jun, 2015 @4:04 PM

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Jazz great Ornette Coleman dies aged 85
The groundbreaking and sometimes controversial avant garde saxophonist, pioneer of free jazz, suffered a cardiac arrest

Guardian music

11, Jun, 2015 @2:03 PM

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