Antibalas Members Sued For Releasing Unauthorized Ornette Coleman Album
May 27, 2015 at 12:23 PM (PT)
A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of legendary jazz saxophone player ORNETTE COLEMAN against ANTIBALAS band member JORDAN McLEAN and AMIR ZIV. The action alleges the pair recorded him at age 79, at his home in 2009, and then recently released these recordings to the public without his consent or knowledge as the album "New Vocabulary" on SYSTEM DIALING RECORDS.
The now-85-year-old COLEMAN was introduced to the band and trumpeter McLEAN through their association with the BROADWAY musical "FELA," which COLEMAN attended. The complaint asserts that, following the introduction, COLEMAN invited McLEAN to his house to talk about music McLEAN brought his partner, drummer ZIV, whom he introduced as a teacher at the NEW SCHOOL. Years after making the recordings of COLEMAN's teaching sessions, McLEAN asked if he could release them, was denied by ORNETTE's attorney and asked that the material be turned over to him. McLEAN instead released the recordings, forcing COLEMAN to seek legal recourse.
The complaint further alleges that:
An individual not recorded at the sessions is credited as having participated.
Music was added to the recordings after the fact
The public is likely to be misled into believing that COLEMAN approves of, or is affiliated with, the public release of these recordings.
Last year's CELEBRATE ORNETTE tribute concert that featured SONNY ROLLINS, PATTI SMITH, FLEA, SAVION GLOVER and others, including a performance by COLEMAN, is being readied for a fall 2015 deluxe box set release. This official and authorized release by COLEMAN will be his first since 2006's PULITZER PRIZE-winning "Sound Grammar."