Ornette Coleman : Artist of the Century

When Ornette Coleman passed away last year at the age of 85 there was much written about his life, career and impact.  Today is his birthday, and I wish to mark the day by repeating some of those remembrances and listening his music, which is his true legacy. Joe Lovano Saxophonist From an early age … Continue reading Ornette Coleman : Artist of the Century

Born today, Don Carlo Gesualdo is a much maligned polyphonic genius

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (8 March 1566 – 8 September 1613) was Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza. As a musician he is best known for writing intensely expressive madrigals and pieces of sacred music that use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century. He is also known for his cruelty … Continue reading Born today, Don Carlo Gesualdo is a much maligned polyphonic genius

Townes Van Zandt one of America’s greatest songwriters was born today.

Townes Van Zandt one of America’s greatest songwriters was born today.  He would have been 72, but left this world in 1997, far too early. If to live is to fly, as Townes Van Zandt would warble, then he himself, to quote from his devout admirer Willie Nelson, was an angel flying too close to … Continue reading Townes Van Zandt one of America’s greatest songwriters was born today.