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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

Read "Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Artists don't release Live at the Village Vanguard recordings unless they've truly got something to say. The list of recordings from that fabled venue, run for decades by the incomparable Max and Lorraine Gordon, is indeed long and legendary, with well over 100 titles to date, including some of the most iconic recordings in jazz history. ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Functional Arrhythmias

Read "Functional Arrhythmias" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nella sua ultima fatica discografica Steve Coleman si presenta con una versione aggiornata degli storici Five Elements (prima apparizione nel lontano 1981) recuperando due veterani come il bassista elettrico Anthony Todd ed il batterista Sean Rickman e completando la formazione con due musicisti giovani ma già ampiamente apprezzati come il trombettista Jonathan Finlayson e il chitarrista Miles Okazaki. Una miscela azzeccata ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Functional Arrhythmias

Read "Functional Arrhythmias" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Ever the thinker, saxophonist Steve Coleman now delves into the connection between human biology and music with Functional Arrhythmias, perhaps his most accessible release in recent memory. With a vast discography that has covered everything from unadulterated funk in 1988's Sine Die (Pegasus) to advanced concepts in 2011's The Mancy of Sound (Pi), his curiosity and ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: The Mancy of Sound

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Although alto saxophonist Steve Coleman's conceptual approach to composition has grown increasingly adventurous, high-brow or esoteric, depending on your viewpoint--with lunar phases and the Yoruba of West Africa's philosophical system providing inspiration here--The Mancy of Sound merely represents Coleman's relationship to the world, which is the font of most music of worth. Retaining the same musicians ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: The Mancy of Sound

Read "The Mancy of Sound" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A saxophonist of a different order--part griot, theorist, numerologist, and incessant seeker of knowledge-- Steve Coleman continues to forge new paths in creative music. He's influenced more of today's forward thinking artists than almost anyone in recent memory with his proven M-Base concepts. His critically acclaimed 2010 recording, Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi Recordings), was a ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Harvesting Semblances and Affinities

Read "Harvesting Semblances and Affinities" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

È dedicato al filosofo Raimondo Lullo quest'ultimo CD di Steve Coleman, che al jazz degli ultimi due decenni ha regalato le idee più fervide ed emozionanti. Anche qui la dimensione rituale è al centro di un mobilissimo percorso sonoro, volto a tradurre in termini musicali (i ritmi asimettrici) le corrispondenze fisiche e simboliche tra uomo e natura, tra ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Harvesting Semblances and Affinities

Read "Harvesting Semblances and Affinities" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Celebrated and highly influential alto saxophonist Steve Coleman reenters the progressive jazz context with his cutting-edge Five Elements band. A purveyor of M-Base processes, which are centered upon a synchronous balance between structure and improvisation, Coleman's odd-metered metrics revert to kaleidoscopic sentiment on “Clouds."

Trombonist Tim Albright launches the track with warmly stated choruses, underscored ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Harvesting Semblances and Affinities

Read "Harvesting Semblances and Affinities" reviewed by Troy Collins

As the founder of the M-Base movement, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman has been at the forefront of advances in jazz composition for 25 years. Culled from traditions with roots in the diverse music of the African Diaspora, M-Base's intricate fusion of syncopated rhythms and polyphonic harmonies has provided a vivacious, forward-thinking alternative to staid conventions for ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Weaving Symbolics

Read "Weaving Symbolics" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Philosopher, conceptualist, theoretician and supremely original alto saxophonist Steve Coleman has issued more than twenty albums over the last twenty years under his own name, all of which helped perpetuate his notion of the M-Base (macro-basic array of spontaneous extemporization) collective. Less a musicians' club than a way of thinking about music creation, Coleman and his ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Weaving Symbolics

Read "Weaving Symbolics" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quattro sedute di registrazione, 10 formazioni differenti, 19 titoli, a loro volte suddivisi in 5 gruppi con cicliche ripetizioni, fissati su 2 CD, aventi 2 B-sides per altrettanti DVD. Elogio ed egemonia dei numeri? Non proprio, ma risulta innegabile che i numeri, la matematica, il simbolismo e l’astrologia, rivestano un’importanza considerevole nella filosofia musicale di Steve Coleman. Certo, non ...