Thursday, June 11, 2015
ORNETTE COLEMAN DIES
In his slower pieces, his high timbre can come across as crying, which appealed to fans of the blues as well. In 1959, while living in New York, Coleman released The Shape of Things To Come, and a year later, Free Jazz. Both releases broke him through in a big way and laid the foundation for the avant-garde movement of the 1960s and beyond. In later years Coleman dabbled in rock, even performing with the Grateful Dead on occasion. In 2007, he became the first musician to win a Pulitzer Prize – for his album, Sound Grammar. He continued to perform and record up until the time of his death. Ornette Coleman was 85 when he died of cardiac arrest on June 11, 2015.