Dr. Ornette Coleman: Chords? Where we’re going we don’t need chords.
I’m not sure how I missed this, but a month ago when Barack Obama was giving a commencement speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and receiving an honorary doctorate in law, Ornette Coleman was at the same commencement receiving his own honorary doctorate in music. Another example of the lamestream media only reporting their side of the story.
Congratulations, Dr. Coleman.
The first track below is “Lonely Woman” from Coleman’s groundbreaking The Shape of Things to Come (1959). He was 29 years old when he recorded this and, if I’m not mistaken, playing on a plastic saxophone because he couldn’t afford a metal one. The second track is “Sleep Talking,” my favorite song from his most recent album, Sound Grammar (2006), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in Music, which is apparently a thing that exists.
They are the cure for what ails you. Trust me; he’s a doctor.