Ornette Coleman’s Round Trip Box Set Reviewed

Source: The Washington Post.

If you asked jazz firebrand Ornette Coleman about his music and philosophy, he probably would have referred you to an obscure music book, “The Harmolodic Theory.” First cited in his own liner notes to his 1972 symphonic album “Skies of America,” the alto saxophonist and composer was also the book’s author. Only it was never published as a book and largely existed in Coleman’s head. Such elusiveness illustrated Coleman’s own music and life outlook. His melodies and compositions embodied whimsy and cosmic consciousness, all with an ever-curious, childlike mentality, right down to the fart jokes. “Sound is as free as the gas that passes through your butt,” he once told writer Philip Clark.