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

John Zorn : happy birthday

John Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, klezmer, soundtrack, ambient and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions which he identifies as avant-garde … Continue reading John Zorn : happy birthday

CD Review: “Conquistador!” by Cecil Taylor

This follow-up recording to Taylor’s first Blue Note record, Unit Structures, Cecil Taylor expands his group to a sextet made up of two bassists, Henry Grimes and Alan Silva; two horns saxophonist Jimmy Lyons and on trumpet, Bill Dixon and longtime drummer, Andrew Cyrille. The music is unrelenting and unccomprimising.   But does not stay the … Continue reading CD Review: “Conquistador!” by Cecil Taylor