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Ornette Coleman
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    (March 19, 1930-June 11, 2015)
    Recorded over 40 albums including 'Something Else!: The Music of Ornette Coleman,' 'The Art of the Improvisers,' 'The Shape of Jazz to Come,' 'Change of the Century,' 'This Is Our Music,' 'Free Jazz,' 'Ornette!,' 'Ornette on Tenor,' 'An Evening With Ornette Coleman,' 'Who's Crazy,' 'Crisis,' 'Science Fiction,' 'Body Meta,' 'Tone Dialing' and 'Hidden Man'
    He moved to Los Angeles in the early '50s, where he worked as an elevator operator while studying music books.
    Many Los Angeles jazz musicians regarded his 'free jazz' playing as out-of-tune, and he sometimes had difficulty finding like-minded musicians with whom to perform.
    At the height of his popularity in 1962, he retired from music, returning 3 years later.
    He recorded the soundtrack for David Cronenberg's 'Naked Lunch.'
    He is known as 'the prophet of freedom,' which refers to him starting the free jazz movement of the 60's.
    He started playing alto sax at 14 and tenor two years later.
    He was also an experienced violin and trumpet player.
    When he first started touring in 1950, he lost his tenor in a beating administered by unreceptive roadhouse patrons.
    His album 'The Shape of Jazz to Come' greatly inspired the avant-garde jazz sound of the 60's and decades to come.
    He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame (1989).
    His successful career spanned 5 decades.
    His son, Denardo Coleman, became a respected free jazz drummer.

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