Ornette Coleman has died today at the age of 85. He was an artist who made unmeasurable contribution to jazz and music in general.
One text, no matter it’s size, does not offer enough space to list everything this great musician was important for in music of the 20th and 21st century, but it is rightly to say that his music will echo and inspire numerous generations of musicians to come and help future musicians find their way and remain their own, authentic and free on it.
In the history of jazz he will be remembered as one of immortal heroes and authentic musical genius. Listen to a composition from, in general opinion, one of the most important albums recorded in the history of jazz, in a quartet comprising of Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins. Album The Shape of Jazz to Come form 1959 is of those records that introduce Ornette Coleman as an exceptional bandleader, saxophonist and composer.