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Source: Artnet News
Jazz innovator Ornette Coleman died of a heart attack in New York yesterday. He was 85.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1930, Coleman started out playing rhythm and blues. His progressive approach made him few friends but it lead him to forever change his musical genre. Ferociously cutting-edge, he used fellow innovator Jackson Pollock's White Light (1954) for the cover of his seminal Free Jazz (1960) album.
The post-war avant-garde scene was alive and kicking in through the 1940s-60s in Manhattan and Coleman was a key figure in a community that included not only musicians, but also poets, and artists.