The alto saxophonist died yesterday in Manhattan at the age of 85 due to Cadic arrest said by the family representative, he is one of the most powerful and contentions innovators in history of jazz . Ornette Coleman was born in Fortworth on March 9th 1930 and he lived in a house near railroad tracks, his father was Rondolph who was a construction worker and a cook but died when Ornette was 7 year, Rosa was her mother who was a clerk in a funeral home.
Mr Coleman widened the options in Jazz and helped change its courses partly in 1950’s and early 60’s, Jazz became less beholden to the rules of the harmony and rhythm while gaining more distance from the American Song book.
Coleman studied from I.M Terrell high school a veritable seed bed of modern American Jazz, in 1949 he joined Silas Green from New Orleans a popular travelling minstrel show troupe on its last legs.
In 1953 he moved to Los Angeles to play with the R&B band leader Pee Wee clayton and in 1954 he married the poet Jayne Cortez and had a son Denardo who played drums with him on and off.
In 1958, Coleman released his first album “something else” and in 1959 he caught the ear of a very important jazz musician which made him run records.
In 1964, Coleman he divorced his wife and later in 1966 he released another album the “empty fox hole”. In 2007 he won the Pulit prize for his album “ Sound Grammar” later he embodied a new type of folk song providing deceptively simple melodies, he was more valuable and theoretical than John Coltrane, the other great path breaker of the Jazz era.
He was kind of musician philosopher, whose interests reached well beyond Jazz , the slightly soft-spoken native of Jazz said he didn’t want other people to follow him but he loved to play with them on stage.
Orenette had a unique moment with Jazz where by his words some times were oblique but his music was not usually and very few listeners today couldn’t understand the appeal of his early songs like Una MuyBonita, bright and bouncy.
The following were his words while receiving the Grammy lifetime achievements award acceptance “you don’t have to die to kill and you don’t kill to die, and above all nothing exists that is not in the form of life because life is eternal with or without people so we are grateful for life to be here at every moment.
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