ORNETTE COLEMAN (ca. 1964-85) Set of 5 photos


Np, [ca. 1964-1985]. Set of five (5) vintage original 10 x 8″ (25 x 20 cm.) black-and-white photos. One with ink printing notations in blank margin and Brian Blauser photographer stamp and 1985 date on verso; one with David Gahr photo credit printed in lower right blank margin; one with holograph printing notations on verso along with note “Ornette Coleman at Five Spot”; two with photo agency sticker on verso. Overall near fine or better.

Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, trumpeter, violinist, and composer. He was best known as a principal founder of the free jazz genre, a term derived from his 1960 album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. His pioneering works often abandoned the harmony-based composition, tonality, chord changes, and fixed rhythm found in earlier jazz idioms. Instead, Coleman emphasized an experimental approach to improvisation, rooted in ensemble playing and blues phrasing. AllMusic called him ‘one of the most beloved and polarizing figures in jazz history,’ noting that while ‘now celebrated as a fearless innovator and a genius, he was initially regarded by peers and critics as rebellious, disruptive, and even a fraud.'” (Wikipedia) 

How times and critical responses can change!

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