Ornette Coleman solo @ Berliner Jazztage (1972) | B.F.T.P. Vol 332
By 1972, Ornette Coleman had turned the jazz scene completely upside down and innovated conceptual techniques into free form jazz that still stand as some of the strongest pieces of the era. Ornette Coleman was a musician who never looked back and paid little attention to adversaries of his craft and vision. He was a true maverick that expressed tones that will never be realized again from any musician. There are many players after the greats who capture the essence and ideas of their heroes, but in the instance of Ornette Coleman, nobody has come close. From 1969-1972, Ornette Coleman would release landmark studio LP after LP, showing a prolific run of musical expressionism that is still being felt in jazz communities all over the world. Crisis (1969), Broken Shadows (1971) Science Fiction (1971) and Skies of America (1972) are LP’s that have existed in my collection for years and will be the type of music that I pass onto anyone willing to listen.
By 1972, Ornette Coleman would be expanding into regions of the world nobody thought was possible. It is this year of 1972 that brought Ornette Coleman back to the prestigious Berliner Jazztage or what is commonly known as the Berlin Jazz Festival. With some of his 50′s work released into the mainstream under the first instances of the coined label free jazz, 60′s LP’s that changed the scene and an overall body of work that is unparalleled, Ornette Coleman blazed a trail that still shows the fire and integrity of what he achieved and is still achieving to this day. Below is a special solo clip of Ornette opening up on his sax in front of a very dedicated following of people at the most prestigious jazz festival in Berlin in the ripe and ever transitional phase of the early 70′s. Doesn’t get much better in my opinion.
I think that those elements – light and sound – are beyond democratic. They’re into the creative part of life. -Ornette Coleman