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Cooking with Coleman

Read "Cooking with Coleman" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

In honor of a Record Store Day release of In Baltimore, we decided to devote an episode to tenor saxophonist George Coleman, who served tours of duty with Max Roach, Elvin Jones, and Miles Davis among others. The focus is on his mid-sixties to early seventies work as we ponder George's strengths and weaknesses and whether he's been given a fair shake in jazz history. Pop matters touches on several groups and then wanders over into a discussion of jazz ...


New York @ Night

Eric Reed Quartet, Henry Grimes and George Coleman Quartet

Read "Eric Reed Quartet, Henry Grimes and George Coleman Quartet" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Eric Reed Quartet SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY October 2, 2016 The gifted pianist and composer Eric Reed plays at times with a lightning-quick, cat-like touch, at others with slow, deep resonance, lush and lyrical. He can change from one to the other in the nanosecond it takes his brain to command his deft fingers; the sounds that pour out of the big black Steinway piano are joyous, sad, ...


Live Review

George Coleman Organ Trio: New York, NY, October 26, 2012

Read "George Coleman Organ Trio: New York, NY, October 26, 2012" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

The George Coleman Organ QuintetThe Jazz StandardNew York, NYOctober 26, 2012Nearing the end of a weeklong residency at New York's Jazz Standard, George Coleman and his Organ Quintet kicked off their sold-out first set on Friday night, October 26, with a New Orleans-like shuffle led by guitarist Russell Malone, allowing the saxophonist's supporting quartet the chance to warm up and stretch.As the band began a second number reminiscent of Carlos Santana's “Evil Ways," ...



George Coleman: Close to Home

Read "George Coleman: Close to Home" reviewed by Martin Longley

George Coleman's enfolding tenor saxophone tone is the embodiment of the endangered old school sound. His warm organically bluesy embrace invites the listener to sit closer, whether this Memphis man is picking spontaneously from the standards book or maybe selecting one of his own compositions. Actually, Coleman grew up down south, getting his first big break with BB King, but he has now been ensconced in New York City for just over 50 years. I dropped around to ...



George Coleman: This Gentleman can PLAY

Read "George Coleman: This Gentleman can PLAY" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The tenor sax is one of the great emblems of jazz. From Coleman Hawkins to Lester Young. Byas and Ben Webster. Dexter, Trane. Getz and Sonny Rollins, on and on. And today's practitioners like Branford and Brecker, Joshua Redman and James Carter. Hundreds in between, and there among the many lies the immensely talented George Coleman. We've all enjoyed his fine work, but for some reason, George Coleman sits in a quiet place. Grand publicity has avoided him, ...


Album Review

George Coleman: My Horns of Plenty

Read "My Horns of Plenty" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

This reissue of George Coleman’s recording My Horns of Plenty is a real treat for those wanting to hear the sheer talent of a lesser known saxophonist. Coleman enjoyed his greatest exposure when Miles Davis, who had a knack for surrounding himself with great musicians, featured him early on in his great '60s quintet. But since then, Coleman's musicianship has not waned. The skill and depth of Coleman's playing is clearly evident on this 1991 reissue. Equally adept on soprano, ...


Album Review

George Coleman, Mike Stern, Ron Carter, and Jimmy Cobb: 4 Generations of Miles

Read "4 Generations of Miles" reviewed by AAJ Staff

In terms of star power, this record's got no shortage. Every player in this quartet is a great musician--not just good, but great. That and the fact that 4 Generations of Miles was recorded live should make it exciting just to open the case. Unfortunately, that excitement dissipates not long after you press play. The group is airtight, and each player plays articulately and lyrically, but in the end it just doesn't add up to much more than you've already ...


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