Ornette Coleman Quartet meets Bachir Attar & The Master Musicians Of Jajouka and James Blood Ulmer
Ornette Coleman (saxophone, trumpet, viola); Al Mac Dowell, Tony Falanga (bass); Denardo Coleman (drums); James Blood Ulmer (guitar); Bachir Attar (vocals, ghaita, lira, guimbri); Abdellah Bokhzar (vocals, drums); Bouker Talha (vocals, ghaita, lira); Ahmed El Ballouti (vocals, ghaita, drums); Abdellah Attar (vocals, ghaita, lira, drums); Abderrzak El Attar, Mohammed El Attar (vocals, drums); Mostapha Attar (ghaita, lira, drums); Mokhtar Jaghdal; James Jones.
Sun 11 July 2010 17:15 - 18:30 Hudson
Artist in Residence Ornette Coleman was born in Forth Worth, Texas. At age fourteen, he taught himself to play the saxophone and read music, and from age nineteen he performed with various rhythm & blues bands. In 1950, Coleman arrived in Los Angeles where he came into contact with jazz. It was here that he formed the legendary Ornette Coleman Quartetwith Don Cherry (trumpet), Billy Higgins (drums) and Charlie Haden (double bass). He recorded his debut album Something Else (1958) with this quartet. More classic albums followed including The Shape Of Jazz To Come (1959) and This Is Our Music (1960). Coleman also immersed himself in the rhythmic and hypnotic power of African music and with Prime Time he explored the boundaries of funk. In 2007, Coleman was honored with a Grammy Award for his entire oeuvre and in that same year he won a Pulitzer Prize for the album Sound Grammar. His current quartet consists of himself, his son Denardo Coleman on drums, Al MacDowell on bass guitar and Tony Falanga on double bass.
Two projects are being organized around the Ornette Coleman Quartet involving musicians who have been important in his career. On Sunday, there is a special performance with free jazz guitarist James Blood Ulmer, a follower of Coleman's harmolodics theory, and The Master Musicians of Jajouka, a traditional group of musicians from Morocco whose music has hypnotic rhythms. The title of this project is The Ornette Coleman Quartet meets Bachir Attar & The Master Musicians of Jajouka and James Blood Ulmer.