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Ornette Coleman Wins Pulitzer + Europe Tour 2007

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 16April07

Alto-sax legend and free-jazz pioneer, Ornette Coleman received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize In Music for Sound Grammar.
Coleman is widely recognized as the pioneer of the free-jazz style with his major-label debut album in 1959, The Shape Of Jazz To Come on Atlantic Recordings. Nearly 50 years later, he recorded the album that would win the prestigous prize : his 2006 release, Sound Grammar. According to it’s review in All About Jazz in September 2006 :

Sound Grammar, a live set recorded in Germany in October 2005, features a quartet with his son Denardo on drums and two bassists—Gregory Cohen (picking); and Tony Falanga (bowing). The two-bass dynamic creates a texture that feels viscous and frictional at the same time, a perfect backdrop for the saxophonist’s piercingly resonant tone, which finds the “sound of expressed reality.”

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Sound Grammar is Coleman’s first release in 10 years and surpasses studio recordings made at the peak of his career, in 1996. It is the first jazz album to be awarded a Pulitzer, and Coleman is only the second jazz artist to be awarded. Wynton Marsalis received one in 1997 for an oratory piece called “Blood on the Fields”, about slavery.

This is Ornette’s year! The esteemed musician was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award, and Sound Grammar was a nominee for Grammy’s “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” in 2007.

Coleman and his quartet will be touring Europe plus a few US stops this summer. Dates are listed at the end of this post.

The webpage for the Pulitzer Prize In Music has more info on the award as well as the names of nominees for the category.

Ornette Coleman website

Bio on All About Jazz

TOUR

US
June 17, 2007
Bonnaroo, Tennessee, USA

EUROPE
July 6, 2007
Kongsberg, Norway
July 9, 2007
Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
July 11, 2007
Perugia, Italy
July 13, 2007
Pescara, Italy
July 15, 2007
North Sea (Rotterdam), The Netherlands
July 18, 2007
Warsaw, Poland
July 20, 2007 Vitoria, Spain

US
September 23, 2007
Monterey, California, USA
September 26, 2007
Los Angeles, California, USA

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3 Responses to “Ornette Coleman Wins Pulitzer + Europe Tour 2007”

  1. thekeyboardowl said

    I put much more stock in Ornette Coleman’s Pulitzer than I do a Grammy, the same people who awarded their prize to Milli Vanilli and the Starland Vocal Band.

    A Grammy is recognition. A Pulitzer is validation.

    I can’t think of someone in music more deserving.

  2. iVi said

    true enough. at least it was the Lifetime Achievement award that he received from Grammy, which ain’t too bad. i agree that a Pulitzer is really something to be proud of though. Ornette is such an amazing musician, i’ve been a big fan, even during the decade he wasn’t releasing new music. i’m glad that his return to album releases was so hugely rewarded.

  3. wes said

    i love ornette :) so good to see some recognition :)

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