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jazz Ornette Coleman Sextet, Live in Germany Castle Ansbach 1978

Castle Ansbach 1978

Ornette Coleman Sextet, Live in Germany Castle Ansbach 1978


At the Castle Ansbach residence in Germany, 1978, the great Ornette Coleman gathered an all-star sextet for a destabilizing and utterly spellbinding performance. Coleman was an artist on a constant self-discovery mission. He switched groups often, with his acoustic jazz roots in the 50s giving way to electric, funk-tinged outfits in the 70s and 80s. Here, we see a mix of the two, with Ben Nix and the famous James Blood Ulmer on electric guitars, a rhythm section comprised of Fred Williams on the double bass while Ronald Shannon Jackson and Denardo Coleman (Ornette's son) share drumming duties. For his part, Ornette leads the charge on saxophone as well as violin. 

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  • Ornette Coleman | Bandleader , Violinist, Trumpeter, Saxophonist
  • Bern Nix | Guitarist
  • Charlie Ellerbee | Guitarist
  • Albert Arnold | Bass guitarist
  • Shannon Jackson | Drummer
  • Ornette Dernardo Coleman Jr. | Drummer


  • Ornette Coleman, Midnight Sunrise
  • Ornette Coleman, Macho Woman
  • Ornette Coleman, Variations


  • Directed by:
    • Horst Geisler
  • Venue: Castle Ansbach (Ansbach, Germany)
  • Production date: 1978
  • Production: © Euroarts/ LOFT
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