Music lost a true giant of improvisation and fearless musical innovation today. Ornette Coleman has sadly passed away and I feel truly privileged to have met and photographed him during the London Jazz Festival in 2011.
Pioneer of the famed free jazz movement, Ornette's legacy is rich, textured and continues to inspire music makers across an endless myriad of genres. Humble, gentle and warmly spoken, Ornette made me feel immediately at ease and gave his undivided attention, regardless of how brief our time together was.
If you've not discovered Ornette's extensive discography yet, ease yourself in with 2 timeless classics - 1958's The Music of Ornette Coleman: Something Else!!!! and a year later with the seminal release of The Shape Of Jazz To Come. Their sonic intimacy is just amazing. Enjoy.