Saxophone legend Ornette Coleman dies at 85

June 11, 2015 4:28 PM

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Saxophone legend Ornette Coleman dies at 85

Saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, one of the most legendary figures in jazz, died of a cardiac arrest in Manhattan on Thursday morning, The New York Times reports. He was 85.

As one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement, Coleman helped expand the genre in the 1950s and early ’60s, making it less tied down by the rules of harmony and rhythm.

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