Ornette Coleman…

…has a few things for us to hear:

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When I turned fifteen, I was living in my grandmother’s apartment in Lincoln, Massachusetts. My brother and parents were in Toronto for the year.

On that birthday, knowing of my burgeoning interest in jazz, my parents gave me the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz — a 6-lp box set with a lot of wonderful music.

And the last side of the last disc had three pieces by Ornette. And I was well and truly hooked.

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