James Brandon Lewis on Ornette Coleman, Giving Music the Vulnerability of the Moment

James Brandon Lewis sits in a cafe with saxophone

The celebrated saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis visited with Sean from The Afternoon Cruise to discuss the music and legacy of Ornette Coleman on Coleman’s birthdate, March 9.

Lewis’ path in the music world is connected to Coleman not only by Coleman’s musical legacy, but also by players like Charlie Haden and Jamaaladeen Tacuma, who have worked with both Coleman and Lewis. In this interview, Lewis speaks about the “sonic manifesto” that Coleman and company presented at the Five Spot Cafe in 1959–introducing “the vulnerability of the moment” into those musical offerings.

Listen to the full interview here:

Originally aired March 9, 2023 on The Afternoon Cruise.



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