Ornette Coleman: The Territory and the Adventure

October 30, 2020
Ornette Coleman: The Territory and the Adventure

Ornette Coleman's career encompassed the glory years ofjazz and the American avant-garde.Born in segregated Fort Worth, Texas, during the Great Depression,the African-American composer and musician was zeitgeist incarnate.Steeped in the Texas blues tradition, he and jazz grew up together,as the brassy blare of big band swing gave way to bebop—a fastermusic for a faster, postwar world.At the luminous dawn of the Space Age and New York's 1960scounterculture, Coleman gave voice to the moment. Lauded by some,maligned by many, he forged a breakaway art sometimes called "thenew thing" or "free jazz."Featuring previously unpublished photographs of Coleman and hiscontemporaries, this book tells the compelling story of one ofAmerica's most adventurous musicians and the sound of a changingworld.