Ornette Coleman Book Reviewed

Source: Morning Star.

Maria Golia’s book describes the Ornette phenomenon with insight and eloquence. It’s laden with musical and social insights, and she is particularly strong in her finely written first section. She describes Ornette’s early years in Hillside, a poor black neighbourhood in segregated Fort Worth, a “hardscrabble town” where he grew to musicianship within a musical church-going family. His father was a mechanic, his mother a hotel maid and his elder sister Truvenza sang the blues.