Ornette Coleman Profiled

Source: The Arts Fuse.

There are two ways a musician can make a significant impact on jazz. One is to mobilize virtuosity and knowledge in ways that push the current boundaries of the music. Many fall into this category; the unassailable examples would be Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, and Charlie Parker. The other way to make an impact is to bring an alternative approach powerful enough to challenge the pre-existing musical paradigm. Ornette Coleman was the prime instigator of such a challenge in the late ’50’s. Let’s look at how it happened.