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Steve Coleman and Five Elements

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New York City (1981 – present)

Steve Coleman and Five Elements is the primary group of American saxophonist Steve Coleman.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Coleman moved to New York City in 1978 and has lived in the NYC area since that time. Although he has led several groups over the years, his main group ‘Steve Coleman and Five Elements’ began in 1981 and is still active today.

He was one of the founders of the so-called M-Base movement, has led several groups ( mostly with Five Elements ) and has recorded extensively. Initially influenced by saxophonists Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Von Freeman and Bunky Green, Coleman has performed and recorded with Thad Jones, Sam Rivers, drummer Doug Hammond, Cecil Taylor, Abbey Lincoln and Dave Holland. He has incorporated many elements from the folkloric music of the African Diaspora fused with musical ideas influenced by ancient metaphysical concepts. He has stated that his main concern is the use of music as a language of sonic symbols used to express the nature of man’s existence.

Coleman’s work around 1990, such as the recording Black Science, is unusual for its indefinite meter. This is accomplished in many ways, but one example of this technique is composing music that involves each musician performing in different but related time spans, generally resulting in asymmetric cycles, for example a cycle of 7 against a cycle of 11.

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  • Theeboon

    I wish Coltrane was still around to play with these cats

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • rodolfman

    The most underrated album : On the rising of the 64 paths. Featuring the great Magic Malik on flute and voice.

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • rodolfman

    He is one of the best representative musician of the actual jazz scene. Always well accompanied, with great drummers especially. Saw him few times live, but I don't have enough, everytime it's different !

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • basstendences

    www.myspace.com/cuatroespantos Nueva Música Colombiana

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • KarinMariadie1

    Supercool.Would love to see him in Mainhattan,Germany

    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • nicleroy

    Steve Coleman being a really cool guy, you can download his music here : http://www.m-base.org/sounds.html

    5 Oct 2008 Reply
  • SirAlecHendrix

    Steve Coleman—now connected to the group ➤ future of jaZz

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • lelemelo

    blarkan! you forgot to mention The Tao of Mad Phat (Fringe Zones)...I also love the albums with the Metrics.

    3 Sep 2008 Reply
  • blarkan

    Steve is the man. Best albums: Black Science, Opening of the Way, Sonic Language of Myth, On the Rising of the 64 Paths.

    29 Jan 2008 Reply
  • jazzandco

    check out live at the hot spot with gusest apprenance by David Murray. Brillant!! Cheers!! Jazzandco!!

    31 Jan 2007 Reply
  • ReveriePA

    Steve is the man. Black Science is amazing.

    17 Jan 2007 Reply

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