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Dizzy Gillespie: in from the storm

Interview by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 4 December 1965

DIZZY GILLESPIE was in benevolent mood when he met the press at his Mayfair hotel. Smiling amiably between mouthfuls of Worthington, he gave the impression ...

Ornette Coleman: At the Golden Circle, parts 1 & 2 (Blue Note 4224-5); Chicago — The Blues Today! parts 1-3 (Vanguard 79216-7-8)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 7 May 1966

It's Coleman At His Best ...

Ornette Coleman: Pauley Ballroom, University of California, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 29 May 1967

Coleman Gets a Poor Hearing ...

Ornette Coleman: Hearst Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 13 August 1968

Like a Scene Out of a Surrealist Film ...

Albert Ayler: Music is the Healing Force of the Universe (Impulse); Ornette Coleman: Friends and Neighbors (Flying Dutchman)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, July 1970

HERE ARE two new albums by two of the most prominent innovators in music — one album a boring mystery, the other a satisfying continuation ...

Blue Note Records: Young, gifted... and Blue

Discography by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 2 September 1978

Chris Welch examines the legacy of Blue Note, the pioneering label currently being re-promoted ...

Old and New Dreams: Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 18 March 1980


Homage To Ornette Coleman

Profile by Don Snowden, L.A. Weekly, 20 March 1980

TEN YEARS ago my curiosity was piqued by some favorable jazz reviews in Rolling Stone. (This, of course, was an era when RS recommendations meant ...

James Blood Ulmer and Ornette Coleman: The Adventures of Captain Blood

Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 25 October 1980

"Being poor is not because money doesn’t exist and being rich doesn’t mean you know everything. But in America, art has more to do with ...

Ornette Coleman: Focus on Sanity

Interview by Brian Case, Melody Maker, 27 June 1981

The legendary innovator ORNETTE COLEMAN at the ballet. Up on his points in bright green tutu is Brian Case. ...

Will Punk Jazz Replace The Sounds Of Funk?

Overview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 15 November 1981

PUNK JAZZ? It's hard to imagine a more unlikely musical combination. Punk rock favors short, fast songs and disparages musical technique in favor of "anyone-can-do-it" ...

Ornette Coleman: Of Human Feelings (Antilles AN 2001)

Review by Brian Case, Melody Maker, 8 May 1982

Sounds in motion ...

Ornette Coleman: Of Human Feelings (Antilles)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 8 May 1982


Ornette Coleman: On Human Feeling

Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 10 July 1982

Ornette Coleman's harmolodics brought about the musical change of the century. After his New York comeback last year, the legendary tenor man talked to Vivien ...

Jamaaladeen Tacuma: The Bass Electric

Interview by Don Snowden, L.A. Weekly, 31 May 1984

PREDICTING THAT Jamaaladeen Tacuma will be one of the premier bassists of the decade will not get you into the Guinness Book of World Records ...

Ornette Coleman: Doctor Unorthodox

Interview by Don Snowden, L.A. Weekly, 13 September 1984

I WAS working in a Licorice Pizza in North Hollywood six years ago, when I decided to play my Best of Ornette Coleman album (Atlantic) ...

Ornette Coleman: Roots & Branches

Interview by John Morthland, High Fidelity, October 1984

Ornette Coleman connects the dance music of the Forties and the Eighties. ...

Ornette Coleman: This Maverick of Modern Jazz Doesn't Like to Be Pigeonholed

Interview by Gene Santoro, Pulse!, November 1986

MOST OF THE other horn-wielding giants who shook the foundations of jazz a generation ago — Coltrane, Dolphy, Ayler — are gone now. But Ornette ...

Bill Frisell: Blindfold test

Interview by Gene Santoro, Downbeat, April 1987

BILL FRISELL'S eerily haunting voice on guitar has combined with his acute sensitivity and thorough training to make him one of the most in-demand of ...

Ornette Coleman Explores Old, New

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 1987


Music Dreams Are Made Of: Ornette Coleman at Town Hall, New York

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 1987

NEW YORK – Funny, the pent-up anticipation that usually wells up before a concert didn't hit me until a half hour before Ornette Coleman took ...

Ornette Coleman and Prime Time: Virgin Beauty (Portrait/Epic)

Review by Hank Bordowitz, Creem, October 1988

SINCE HE first sprung upon an unsuspecting jazz scene in the late '50s, Ornette Coleman has been breaking jazz conventions into tiny pieces and reassembling ...

Freddie Hubbard: From The University Of A&M (Art & Miles, Of Course)

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Downbeat, October 1991

WHEN A 20-year-old Freddie Hubbard moved from Indianapolis to New York in 1958, every young trumpeter was being compared to Miles Davis, who was then ...

Ornette Coleman: In perfect harmolodics

Interview by David Toop, The Times, 30 September 1995

Jazz giant Ornette Coleman would like to teach the world to sing — if it understood him. David Toop reports ...

Jazz Critic's Choice: Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden

Profile by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, 4 November 2004

IN 1954, IF you had stepped through the door at 309 N. Main St. in downtown L.A., you would've entered a netherworld of vice called ...

Ornette Coleman: Barbican, London

Preview by John Lewis, Barbican show programme, 2 May 2005

Programme notes for Barbican Hall performance of Ornette Coleman — Alto sax Denardo Coleman — Drums Greg Cohen — Bass Tony Falanga — Bass ...

Ornette Coleman, 76, Manhattan

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, November 2006

ORNETTE COLEMAN is one of the true immortals. A metaphysician, philosopher and futurist as much as a revolutionary musician, he set melody free from it's ...

Ornette Coleman

Interview by Andrew Purcell, The Guardian, 29 June 2007

THIS AFTERNOON I will meet Ornette Coleman, the world's greatest living jazz musician. Coleman is an iconoclast's iconoclast, Lou Reed's hero, a saxophonist who plays ...

Ornette Coleman

Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 6 July 2007

ORNETTE COLEMAN's visits to London tend to be rather special events. Over the past four decades, the legendary saxophonist has been joined on stage by ...

Ornette Coleman: Mister Anything Goes

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, The Guardian, 10 June 2009

He's taken jazz where it has never gone before — playing with pipers, punks and divas. As Ornette Coleman arrives in Britain, Patti Smith, Moby ...

The Roots with Ornette Coleman: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by John Lewis, The Guardian, 17 June 2009

IT SEEMS fitting that Philadelphia hip-hoppers the Roots should help kick off Ornette Coleman's Meltdown festival. ...

Ornette Coleman and Outrage

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, December 2010

AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. At 80 years old, Ornette Coleman is still capable of generating overt displays of outrage without doing anything more than playing his ...

All That Is My Own: Nico at Steve Paul's The Scene, October 1967

Book Excerpt by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, 'You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone' (Faber), July 2021

Excerpted from Jennifer Otter Bickerdike's You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone: The Biography of Nico, published this month by Faber ...

see also James "Blood" Ulmer

see also Don Cherry

see also Jamaaladeen Tacuma


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