A Week With Ornette Coleman

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A series of recent live music performances at London’s Southbank Centre by–or inspired by–Ornette Coleman, a free jazz legend, was equal parts amazing, exhausting and surprising. Never dull.

Having never seen Coleman perform live before, two things became clear to me by the end of the week: his playing oozes with the blues, and he doesn’t want to alienate his audience, no matter much his avant-garde approach to music might suggest otherwise. His music may seem challenging or inaccessible, but the invitation to participate is always there.

The full blog post is at INTELLIGENT LIFE.

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