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All you need 02:28
Turnaround 05:08
Mob Job 03:23
Lonely Woman 07:24
Jordan 02:00


Ornette Coleman is one of jazz’s most innovative and contentious figures. He remained somewhat of a maverick throughout his career with various criticisms including of his plastic saxophone, unusual tuning, discarding of musical convention and his theory of harmolodics.

But for me, Ornette’s music has always been driven by melody and joy. He is responsible for changing the direction of jazz and music in general. But his music is about more than just the dots. As Ornette says, “I don't try to please when I play. I try to cure.”

Joining Origami for this concert is my 13 year old son, Noah Simmons. He joins for the opener, features on The Empty Foxhole and Good Old Days and then remains for the rest of the set. This concert was recorded live by ABC Jazz at the Melbourne Recital Centre presenting a selection of Ornette’s compositions from throughout his career of almost 60 years, plus a couple of my originals, inspired in part by Ornette’s explorations.

Adam Simmons


released October 20, 2017

Adam Simmons - alto sax
Howard Cairns - double bass
Hugh Harvey - drums
Guest: Noah Simmons - drums

Recorded originally for 'Jazztrack with Mal Stanley' on ABC Jazz, at Melbourne Recital Centre, 9 February 2017

Engineered by Chris Lawson and Mal Stanley.
Recording producer and mastering engineer: Mal Stanley

Design by Celsius Design
Spiral data tato design by Philip Chapman-Bell

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Thanks to Melbourne Jazz Co-op (Martin Jackson) and Lewbowski's (Joel Trigg) for their support in the development of this project and to Melbourne Recital Centre for this presentation. Thanks to Greg Wood and Candy Bryce for facilitating my meeting with Ornette in Sydney. And special thanks to my father, Paul, for the early induction.


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