Remember harmolodics? You do if you were paying attention in the early '80s. Arcane as a theory, as a style it was sublime. Ornette Coleman's playful alternative to fusion took free jazz and funk as its starting points rather than modal and progressive rock and treated dissonance and rhythm as if they were the same thing. Though harmolodics has never gone away, it's never really taken hold, either. How could it, with Coleman playing hide-and-seek and acolyte James "Blood" Ulmer letting record producers reshape him into a sludgy blues mumbler, Jimi Hendrix with a middle-age spread? But things are looking up—reuniting him with violinist Charles Burnham and... More >>>