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I had a really good time in New Orleans, although I had some very tragic times in Baton Rouge. Some guys beat me up and threw my horn away. 'Cause I had a beard, then, and long hair like the Beatles.

Ornette Coleman

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Electric guitars were prominent but the music was at heart rather similar to his earlier work. A number of bassists and drummers (including Haden Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones) appeared and Dewey Redman joined the group usually on tenor saxophone. I think he's jiving baby.

Coleman's timbre is easily recognized: his keening crying sound draws heavily on blues music. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s.

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