Ornette Coleman Profiled

Source: Face2Face Africa.

Ornette Coleman was an alto saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer, who was described as “the most polarizing figure in Jazz”. He is said to have invented free jazz, an approach that broke down barriers in traditional performance.

His saxophone sound, according to The Guardian, was steeped in the slurred notes and rough-hewn intonation of 19th-century singers and saloon-front guitarists at work before jazz was even born.