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Ornette Coleman (1930–2015)

Saxophonist and composer, educated at the School of Jazz in Lenox, Massachusetts. He worked in a Fort Worth carnival, and toured with groups. A leader in progressive jazz, he appeared in many concerts and made many recordings. He retired for two years to study, and then resumed his professional career in 1965. His other instruments include violin ... See full bio »

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 2004 Virgin Again
 1991 Naked Lunch
 1985 Ornette: Made in America (Documentary)
 1982 Boxoffice
 1968 Population Explosion (Short)
 1967 Who's Crazy?
 1963 O.K. End Here (Short)
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Album: "Sound Grammar" (Sound Grammar) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Articles | See more »

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I don't think there's any difference between an idea and an emotion. Music is language made up of notes and keys; written language is made up of letters which are the symbols of sounds, and they change between sounds the same way that the letters for notes can. See more »


The character McClintic Sphere in Thomas Pynchon's novel "V." is based on him. See more »


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