Ornette Coleman: An Obituary

By Don Heckman

Obituaries are never fun to write.  Especially when the subject is something more than a public figure.

Ornette Coleman was a lot more than that for me.  He was a musical inspiration, a creative challenge, a true pathfinder.

And a good friend.

But his obituary had to be written for the L.A. Times.  And it was.  With Ornette’s music flowing through my mind as I wrote.  And as it will continue to flow through my mind for years to come.  Either when I’m writing, or when I pull my alto saxophone out of its case to actually experience Ornette’s music in its expressive essence.

Here’s the direct link to the Ornette obit I wrote for the Times.

Ornette Coleman L.A. Times Obituary.



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