Ornette Coleman Remembered As Free Jazz Visionary
Ornette Coleman, who died at 85, is being remembered as a pioneer who popularized a free-formed style of jazz music.By Christian Bryant | June 11, 2015
Jazz musician and composer Ornette Coleman died Thursday at the age of 85 due to cardiac arrest, according to a family representative.
"You can't see outside yourself, but we do have imagination. The expression of all individual imagination is what I call Harmolodics. Each beam of imagination is their own unison and there are as many unisons as there are stars in the sky," Coleman said.
If that sounds a bit esoteric, it's supposed to. Coleman, whose most prominent instrument was the saxophone, was best known as a pioneer of free jazz — a style that was unlike the conventions of his time. In fact, "Free Jazz" was the name of one of Coleman's albums.