Ornette Coleman Royal Festival Hall London June 21, 2009
Like the equally successful All Tomorrow's Parties festivals, London's Meltdown--now in its 16th year--leaves the artist selection process in the hands of a guest curator. Though past candidates have included such phenomenally original artists as Massive Attack and David Bowie, asking Ornette Coleman to oversee the 2009 event must still qualify as one of the festival's braver choices. And the line-up was appropriately impressive, from the broadly predictable (Charlie Haden, James Blood Ulmer, Acoustic Ladyland, Marc Ribot, Keiran Hebden & Steve Reid, Yoko Ono, The ...Read More
Ornette Coleman Quartet Discover Jazz Festival, Flynn TheaterBurlington, Vermont June 6th, 2008
Ornette Coleman and his quartet were the headline act that closed the exceptionally successful 25th Annual Discover Jazz Festival, playing to an almost full house at the Flynn Theatre in downtown Burlington on June 7th 2008. The musicians walked on stage, bowed to the audience and proceeded to play non-stop for 70 enchanting minutes.
No introductions were made, no tune names were called, no stories told. Coleman sat flanked by the two bassists: Tony Falanga on the stand up bass and Al ...Read More
Cecil Taylor Trio with Anthony Braxton; Ornette Coleman Group Royal Festival Hall London, England July 8-9, 2007
Cecil Taylor Trio with Anthony Braxton
On June 8th, the Royal Festival Hall opened its doors again after a two-year refurbishment costing about £111m ($222m). Since then, its program has included classical music from the resident orchestras, and the rock and pop of Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown season, but no jazz... until now. When fans saw the artists scheduled for these two concerts, the four-week wait to hear jazz in the new auditorium seemed as nothing. A ...Read More
Ornette Coleman Skopje Jazz Festival Skopje, Republic of Macedonia October 23, 2006
Each year the Skopje Jazz Festival manages to top itself. Whatever featured lineup gathers under the cover of the event's large umbrella, it always manages to surpass the previous year. The pattern has continued for the last 24 years, and this year's event, which included a celebration of the festival's 25-year existence, was no exception. Over these two and one-half decades the festival has continually blossomed, with many new generations attending and witnessing exceptional concerts with great and varied lineups, interesting ...Read More
The appearance of the Ornette Coleman Quartet at Verizon Hall in Philly's state-of-the-art Kimmel Center was his first performance in the City Of Brotherly Love since 1988.
It was both a significant event and an artistic achievement of towering magnitude. The Coleman band, playing before a crowded and enthusiastic but not-quite-full house, let loose with a set of powerful, even visionary, jazz.
Regrettably, Ornette made no announcements of the names of the compositions, but the second song sounded a lot like his ballad New York", from his 1968 Impulse album Ornette At 12 , and the exciting final tune was ...Read More
Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI March 19, 2004
Ornette Coleman’s acoustic jazz presentation was functional simplicity -- two basses and drum set creating a tapestry of sound that he’d play endless melodies upon.
The ensemble which performed an uninterrupted (no intermission) 10 piece and single encore set Friday evening had the poise and sonic balance of a string quartet imbued with the deeply creative, highly sophisticated shape shifting instrumental relationships to harmony, melody and rhythm Coleman’s music is known for.
Though bassist Tony Falanga was assigned an arco role in the ensemble, and bassist Greg Cohen ...Read More