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Alyn Shipton’s guest on Radio Three’s Jazz Library this week, discussing the work of Ornette Coleman, was none other than our own Paul Towndrow. Up to this point I’d never thought of Paul as an Ornette man: to me his playing sounds much more in the tradition of Jackie McLean and Eric Dolphy. I thought he did pretty well, even if neither of the presenters felt up to defining what “harmolodics” were. The programme concentrated on Coleman’s work on alto in an acoustic setting, with only a brief nod towards the electric Prime Time period and Coleman’s idiosyncratic (to be polite about it) work on other instruments.

If you didn’t hear the programme when it went out on Saturday, it’s available via the BBC’s iPlayer until the 27th of March. There’s some great music on it.

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