Chuck Nessa

Ornette Coleman - RIP

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Glad I got to see him back in 2007 with my then 7 y.o. son.

Thanks for the fantastic music, Mr. Coleman.

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Terrible news....!!!

Thanks for the music, Mr. Coleman.

R.I.P.

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I heard my first Ornette record when I was sixteen years old. I checked out (vinyl!) The Best of Ornette Coleman, on Atlantic, from my local library. I was entranced — some of the most natural sounds I'd heard from a saxophone. Later, I found out, his music was "controversial."

His legacy will only expand.

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Nothing I can add would be adequate, but "Free Jazz" was my first jazz album purchase maybe 15 years ago and it did my head in (in a good way). So glad I saw him live at Carnegie Hall with Abby Lincoln about 10 years ago. Drove up to New York from Maryland just for that.

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Exactly, Late.

I heard Ayler and Coltrane first, and they were something - that music was very exciting. Then I heard Ornette's music not too long afterwards, and it all made sense - so absolutely natural. That was nearly twenty years ago but could've been yesterday.

Edited by clifford_thornton

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This was our music!

It still is!

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Very sad news - a giant has gone. Glad I got the chance to see him, RIP.

That 70s Atlantic 'Best Of' LP was my introduction to his music too.

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RIP, thank you for everything and your contributions to this music, Mr. Coleman!

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He was exactly like this music: direct, original and warm. He was a great artist, father and friend. Ornette was a REAL human being.

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Very sad.

Beautiful music and a wonderful role model.

Personifies asymmetrical music for me.

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That 70s Atlantic 'Best Of' LP was my introduction to his music too.

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I love the track order. It's one of the few best-of comps, for nostalgic reasons I suppose, that I consider an album to itself.

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ohhh man -- RIP Mr. Coleman. I'm going to have to tie one on tonight after this news.

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That 70s Atlantic 'Best Of' LP was my introduction to his music too.

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I love the track order. It's one of the few best-of comps, for nostalgic reasons I suppose, that I consider an album to itself.

I agree wholeheartedly. I'm going to put this one on later in the man's honor. A sad day indeed.

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15 years ago I had the pleasure to see him & Charlie Haden playing together at the battery park.

RIP Mr. Coleman.

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Change of the Century, baby

RIP, sir

Time to spin this record (60s Danish Atlantic pressing). (Yes, Steve R., you and I know we deeply disagree about the overwhelming importance of "free jazz" to jazz OVERALL, but for the record, I always could see the continuity of the music on that record and where it came from in the long line of jazz (unlike that of some other - European, in particular - free exponents).

I'll go on record as saying that many other jazz heroes did more for my love of jazz but he WAS a true giant.

RIP and I doff my hat.

Edited by Big Beat Steve

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The best way to honor Ornette is to keep the spirit of innovation alive. Before he was an icon, he was an object of ridicule, a change agent, and he changed the music through belief in what he did.

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