Coleman who has died at the age of 95 was a heroic pioneer from the golden days of jazz and one of the most innovative musicians of all time whose breath taking innovation and instinctive daredevil brilliance made him sound like freedom in a world of chains.
Born in Texas Ornette left a litany of staggering recordings before his 1958 breakthrough ‘The Shape Of Jazz To Come’ which showed the way of how to improvise from the riff and away from the conventional melody of the song and its echoes are still felt to this day by any free thinking musician.
The Texas-born Coleman was only the second jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize in music when he was honored for his 2006 album “Sound Grammar.”
His quartet shook up the jazz establishment when it burst on the scene in 1959 with the album “The Shape of Jazz to Come,” which liberated musicians to freely improvise off the melody. He became one of the world’s most respected musicians, his contributions to jazz sometimes compared to those of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker.