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Remembering Ornette Coleman’s Wisdom

Comments from colleagues and disciples

Ornette Coleman (l.) listens to David Murray in Brooklyn, June 2014

Paul Bley, pianist

The word “genius” comes to mind with reference to Ornette Coleman-no question about it. He taught me how to play. Before Ornette, you could make a living playing in someone else’s style-I was playing Bud Powell and so forth. Ornette drew a line in the sand.

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