Raised in Texas, the free jazz icon Ornette Coleman got his start in the late '40s playing with a touring R&B ensemble. The saxophonist notched his solo debut with 1958's Something Else!!!!, a blues-tinged album that also featured the supporting talents of Don Cherry and Billy Higgins. As he hit his stride with projects like The Shape of Jazz to Come and Change of the Century, Coleman began to refine his radical free jazz movement. Showing the breadth of his talent, he moved into the classical and world music scenes in the '70s and '80s.