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Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman
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Ornette Coleman artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

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May 30, 2007 This week's staff song pick comes from News & Notes producer Roy Hurst.

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The cover of Change of the Century

August 1, 2001 Coleman broke from melodic conventions, creating controversy and revolutionizing the jazz art form.

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Reviews

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April 16, 2007 Saxophonist Ornette Coleman's Sound Grammar is the first recording to win a music Pulitzer.

November 17, 2006 Kevin Whitehead reviews Sound Grammar, the latest album from saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

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August 23, 2005 Critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissued collaboration between Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman.

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The cover of Change of the Century

August 1, 2001 Coleman broke from melodic conventions, creating controversy and revolutionizing the jazz art form.

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February 9, 2011 Little did George Gershwin know that his lovable song would evolve into something far greater.

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March 1, 2010 Understand the beloved free-jazz pioneer's outsider cachet in five easy steps.

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August 4, 2009 It's Haden's birthday this week, so here's a chance to celebrate with five of his best songs.

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Sound Grammar

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  • Album: Sound Grammar
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman
  • Label: Sound Grammar
  • Released: 2006
 

The Shape of Jazz to Come

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  • Album: The Shape of Jazz to Come
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Released: 1990
 

At the 'Golden Circle' in Stockholm, Vol. 1

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  • Album: At the 'Golden Circle' in Stockholm, Vol. 1
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Released: 2002
 

In All Languages

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  • Album: In All Languages
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman
  • Label: Polygram
  • Released: 1987
 

Sound Grammar

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  • Album: Sound Grammar
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman
  • Label: Sound Grammar
  • Released: 2006
 

'To Whom Who Keeps a Record'

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  • Album: 'To Whom Who Keeps a Record'
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman
  • Label: Water
  • Released: 2006
 

Song X: Twentieth Anniversary

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  • Album: Song X: Twentieth Anniversary
  • Artist: Pat Metheny, Ornette Coleman
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Released: 2005
 

Classic Sides 1931-1937

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  • Album: Classic Sides 1931-1937
  • Artist: Sidney Bechet
  • Label: JSP
  • Released: 2007
 

Timeless

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  • Album: Timeless
  • Artist: Charlie Parker
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • Released: 2002
 

America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years

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  • Album: America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years
  • Artist: Count Basie
  • Label: Sony
  • Released: 2003
 

Mulligan Meets Monk

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  • Album: Mulligan Meets Monk
  • Artist: Gerry Mulligan/Thelonious Monk
  • Label: Jvc Victor
  • Released: 1957
 

Something Else!!!!:The Music of Ornette Coleman

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  • Album: Something Else!!!!:The Music of Ornette Coleman
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman
  • Label: Fantasy
  • Released: 1958
 

Sound Grammar

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Violin Fantasies

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  • Album: Violin Fantasies
  • Artist: Jennifer Koh
  • Label: Cedille
  • Released: 2004
 

At the "Golden Circle" in Stockholm, Vol. 1

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  • Album: At the "Golden Circle" in Stockholm, Vol. 1
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman Trio
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Released: 1965
 

At the "Golden Circle" in Stockholm, Vol. 2

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  • Album: At the "Golden Circle" in Stockholm, Vol. 2
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman Trio
  • Released: 1965
 

Change of the Century

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  • Album: Change of the Century
  • Artist: Ornette Coleman