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Ornette Coleman: 1930–2015

The Wire has been deeply saddened by the news of the death of Ornette Coleman in New York on 11 June aged 85

The Wire has been deeply saddened by the news of the death of Ornette Coleman in New York on 11 June aged 85.

The Wire was founded in 1982, and has gone through many changes in the subsequent three decades. But throughout that time Ornette and his music remained integral to the magazine, a cornerstone of our world. Ornette appeared on the cover of The Wire three times, most recently in 2009, and over the years the magazine published a further four extensive interviews with him, as well as numerous reviews and critical appraisals.

Over the coming days we will be putting a number of tributes to Ornette online, beginning with this personal appreciation by Brian Morton. Stream a YouTube playlist of Ornette-related tracks referenced in Brian's essay here.