Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Harmolodyssey

To prove that I don't spend all of my time listening to long-haired white geezers from 1973 (Jeez, sometimes I'll even listen to a green-quiffed ... er ... white geezer from ... um ... 1973), consider the singular talents of Ornette Coleman - over half a century since he blasted out of Texas to turn the jazz world upside down, he's still making music at the cutting-edge. Indeed, so single-minded has been his pursuit of Harmolodics that even the straight world has had to take notice; his latest album, Sound Grammar, has just pulled down the Pulitzer Prize.

And he did it all with a plastic saxophone - although, I notice, these days it's a plastic saxophone made by Selmer. But nothing is too good for a genius.
A restless, relentless innovator, a snappy dresser, a philosopher, a metaphysician - and , important this, a saintly individual; we'll probably not see his like again.


Blogger Tim Footman said...

Hmmm... nice jacket, Orn...

11:39 AM  
Blogger St. Anthony said...

Yes, Ornette's dress sense is as individual as his music.
What was I saying about him being a snappy dresser?

1:19 PM  

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