After Ornette: OrnEtc.
Something Else!!!! The Music of Ornette Coleman changed the world of jazz when it hit the record racks in 1958. The album “must have sounded like it came from outer space at the time,” writes Thom Jurek at allmusic.com. “First, Coleman’s interest was in pitch, not ‘being in tune.’ His use of pitch could take him all over — and outside of — a composition.” The saxophonist’s 1959 follow-up, The Shape of Jazz
to Come, shattered more barriers. Avant-garde jazz was here! The music of Coleman, who died at age eighty-five on June 11, is the mainline inspiration for the Santa Fe quartet OrnEtc., which plays Skylight (139 W. San Francisco St.), at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10. OrnEtc. also performs music by Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus, but you can bet that Ornette “tops the bill” on this evening. Tenor sax player Andrew Lamb joins the regular members of OrnEtc.: trumpeter Dan Pearlman, vibraphonist Lee Steck, bassist Noah Baumeister, and drummer Dave Wayne. There’s a $5 cover. Call 505-982-0775. — P.W.