Ben Ratliff of the New York Times listens with... Ornette Coleman, to Josef Rosenblatt, Charlie Parker, and white gospel music. Ornette often presents himself in interviews as a mystery inside an enigma, and here is no exception. But I think in many ways, Ratliff nails it in one observation:
"Mr. Coleman talks about “music” with care and accuracy, but about “sound” with love."
On a side note, has anyone picked up "Sound Grammar" yet. Neither of the two big record stores in Boston had it this week (I'll look again today), and I'm hesitant to do ITunes. Any early thoughts?