Perhaps it was a premonition. More likely it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Either way, saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman’s assertion that the controversial music he was making in the 1960s would shape the future of jazz became truth. Of his father, drummer and collaborator on this series Denardo Coleman said: “It’s not that he thought outside the box. He didn’t accept that there were any boxes.” This series shines a light on Ornette’s singular aesthetic approach, which continues to inspire artists and listeners who seek to dissolve limits to their own imaginations.
Two years after Ornette’s death and 20 years after Lincoln Center Festival presented him in ? Civilization: A Harmolodic Celebration
, we honor his lifelong quest for unrestricted expressive freedom.