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Ornette Coleman

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman 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 performances often abandoned the chordal and harmony-based structure found in bebop, instead emphasizing a jarring and avant-garde approach to improvisation... Read More

Birth nameRandolph Denard Ornette Coleman
BornMarch 9, 1930
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
DiedJune 11, 2015 (aged 85)
New York City
GenresAvant-garde jazz, free jazz, free funk, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1940s–2015

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