Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ornette Coleman, RIP

What can you say? He was a giant. I suppose he could be blamed for hastening the declining popularity of jazz in the 1960s, as free jazz came to be thought of as cerebral at best and unlistenable at worst. But as Ratliff's obit points out, much of his music was folksy and approachable. In the 80s and beyond he blended his "harmolodic" method with funk and hip-hop.

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