Death of Ornette Coleman

March 9, 1930 - June 11, 2015
New York City, New York | Age 85

Innovative jazz saxophonist and composer
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By CHARLES J. GANS, The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Whatever rules in jazz hadn't been shattered by Charlie Parker and other bebop artists, Ornette Coleman finished off for good.

Coleman, who died Thursday at age 85, brought to jazz the kind of open-ended, non-narrative approach that Jackson Pollock used in painting and James Joyce in books. In the late 1950s, he originated "free jazz," challenging the bebop establishment by abandoning the conventional song form and...

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