ORNETTE COLEMAN

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9 or 19, 1930 – June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer known as a principal founder of the free jazz genre, a term derived from his 1960 album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. His pioneering early 1960s performances often dispensed with the chordal and harmony-based playing traditionally found in jazz, instead emphasizing a jarring tone and emotional approach to improvisation. In the 1970s, he formed the group Prime Time and explored funk and his concept of Harmolodic music.

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