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Ornette Coleman: His Life Music

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As Ornette Coleman approaches his 70th birthday, this book takes full measure of the man who has been called the most important jazz figure since Charlie Parker.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Berkeley Hills Books (first published May 1999)
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Jan 05, 2015 5 rated it really liked it
a useful if brief summation of where this guy came from. maybe not the best resource on Ornette, but it's the one I've got. mostly informative, intelligently speculative as to what might constitute 'harmolodics', occasionally very subjective (especially in the discography... Author was not fond of the wah-bass on Science Fiction album, for one example, whereas I LOVE that... :))

I would love to have seen a bit more taken from interviews with Ornette, who does not talk like anyone else.

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Feb 09, 2016 Sen rated it really liked it
The best book on Ornette Coleman by an actual musician the late Niklas Wilson was an active bass player and composer, the analysis of tunes, scores and Ornette's language in both jazz and classical contexts are valuable and clearly presented in notation, good for anyone with a musical background. Even the non musician will find lots to read and enhance their listening. Also albums are discussed in order and a discography included at the end.
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Jan 18, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Biography, analysis with sheet music and a glossed discography make for great tomography. The harmolodics exegesis helped attune and focus my ears.
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compact & cohesive, with inclusive discography
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