Ornette Coleman, who earlier this year became only the second jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, swept the top honors at the Jazz Awards 2007 on Thursday, winning in four categories, including musician of the year.
Coleman's ''Sound Grammar,'' the first purely improvised live recording to win the Pulitzer, was chosen album of the year in balloting among more than 400 members of the Jazz Journalists Association.
The 77-year-old Coleman's unorthodox ''Sound Grammar'' quartet - with two bassists (one plucking the strings, the other using his bow), his son Denardo on drums, and Coleman playing alto saxophone, trumpet and violin - was chosen the year's best small ensemble.
An international accent was provided by Anat Cohen, who is part of a wave of Israeli musicians, including her brothers trumpeter Avishai and saxophonist Yuval, enjoying success on the New York jazz scene. She was chosen up-and-coming artist of the year and was a surprise winner in the clarinetist category.
In her acceptance remarks, Cohen paid tribute to a fellow nominee, the traditional jazz clarinetist Kenny Davern, who died in December. (via AP)
''We lost Kenny this year and I met him a few years ago and he's been very supportive and a great inspiration, and I miss him dearly,'' Cohen said.
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