Dancing in Your Head(s)

” Music is a rhythm, and without rhythm there’s no life. “

Simple words, used by Ornette Coleman himself to shortly justify his quest of music: a manifestation of the pure joy of sound and rhythm. And if the music of Ornette Coleman continues to move us today, it’s because it drives its roots deep down into the rural blues of America’s south, causing the emergence of a free and carefree jazz whose melodies form a vibrant, lyrical celebration of the moment. Ornette Coleman, incidentally, was a musician whose fervent admirers have included great artists of immensely varying styles, from Lou Reed to John Zorn, from Yoko Ono to Thurston Moore or Patti Smith, not to mention Pat Metheny or Claude Nougaro…

Ornette’s extremely communicative music, accessible to every ear, has taken on incredible powers of collective jubilation. It’s therefore with a desire to share it and a programme dedicated to this major figure of jazz that the ONJ, under its Artistic Director Frédéric Maurin, has unveiled Dancing in Your Head(s) in spring 2019. Motivated by the desire for people to hear the work of the American saxophonist in a new light, Frédéric Maurin has commissioned arrangements for this brand new programme from composer Fred Pallem, a musician whose secret garden also contains an essential place occupied by Ornette…

In the hands of an electric orchestra articulated around powerful horns and a razor-sharp rhythm section — in which varying profiles skilfully mingle among liberated soloists and seasoned orchestral players —, Dancing in Your Head(s) revisits pieces borrowed from Ornette Coleman’s different creative periods, but also from other artists in the galaxy of his descendants from Julius Hemphill to Eric Dolphy and Tim Berne, all as free and innovative. With its first programme, the ONJ offers a totally original rereading of this material in favouring amplified instruments, the groove, a festive atmosphere, and trance.


Guest Tim Berne
Released on August 21, 2020
ONJ Records – L’Autre Distribution

With the support of the Sacem, Spedidam and Région Ile-de-France.

Photo @ Jill Krementz – Artwork @ element-s