NEW YORK CITY – A conversation with Ornette Coleman can begin with a straightforward question, but the answer will dart in an unexpected direction, roaming over unpredictable terrain: love, sex, God, life, ideas.
It’s fascinating, maddening and a tremendous insight into the way this groundbreaking saxophonist, avant-garde composer and free-jazz innovator approaches his work, and his perspective on life. Every utterance has weight, a meaning tucked inside its oblique delivery.
“The human race has a quality to it that no other form of life has, and it’s not something they bought, it’s something they’re born with,” Coleman says, perched on a black leather sofa in his Garment District loft. “That’s pretty heavy.”
Precious little about the Fort Worth native is conventional.