From www.npr.org:

Ornette Coleman Wins Music Pulitzer

Ornette Coleman
April 16, 2007 - Ornette Coleman has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with his recording Sound Grammar, a document of a 2005 concert recorded live in Italy.

Coleman's music was not among the 140 music nominees. Pulitzer panelists used their prerogative to skirt traditional rules by purchasing the CD and nominating the 77-year-old jazz master. This is the first time a recording has won the music Pulitzer, and a first for purely improvised music.

The concert features an unorthodox line-up of instruments, including two double basses (one plucked, the other bowed), Coleman's son Denardo on drums, and Coleman himself playing alto saxophone and trumpet.

Coleman has continued to shake up the jazz world ever since releasing his innovative recording The Shape of Jazz to Come in 1959.

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[Published on: 4/17/07]

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Raphwantstobemickey starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/17/2007 11:48AM
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just goes to show the jazz guys still got it....

mhalper starstarstar Tue 4/17/2007 12:39PM
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Cleofus Tue 4/17/2007 01:16PM
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much deserved.

jmcd1026 Tue 4/17/2007 03:16PM
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just another reason to attend bonnaroo and see him live

manjotar starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/18/2007 06:00AM
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he's gonna be at bonnaroo?!
hell yeah!!!
i would MUCH rather hear his sweet sounds than watch O.A.R. trudge their way through another crappy show!

icculus66 starstarstarstar Wed 4/18/2007 08:52AM
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Friends, this show ("Sound Grammar") has been recorded in Ludwigshafen/Rhein, Germany (not Italy!!!) on October 14, 2005 with Greg Cohen on bass, Tony Falanga on bass and Denardo Coleman on drums & percussion. Highly Recommended!!!

Raphwantstobemickey Thu 4/19/2007 03:00PM
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hmm only a few comments, unfortunately this goes to show you most people who are into music, cant seem to realize how monumental of an event this is. SHIT coleman wasn't even on the ballot the panel went out and BOUGHT his cd and then gave him the Pulitzer...if you ask me thats fucking nuts.

fuck the commercial diluted music of today, grasp the last breath of real music before it dies and vanishes into the history books.

mysticalphysics Fri 4/20/2007 08:07AM
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Without mr coleman jazz, or improvisational music for that matter, would not be what it is today. Thank the legend. Buy his cds and they will be charished always. peace and love.

dannymo starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/20/2007 09:16AM
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I read an article with quotes from Jerry and he mentioned how much he was inspired by Ornette. I purchased a couple of cd's and was blown away I recomend you folks do the same !! p.s try the free jazz stuff it is hot hot hot! peace

dannymo Fri 4/20/2007 09:21AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/24/2007 09:09AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

go out right now and buy his album from 1959 called "the shape of jazz to come" totally mind boggling!!!