Monday, July 25, 2011
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Steve Coleman Will Be Performing and Signing CDs at the Festival
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The Mancy of Sound is the follow-up release from influential alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman to last years critically acclaimed Harvesting Semblances and Affinities. That album was named by Ben Ratliff in the New York Times as his #1 album of 2010 and was also voted among the Top-10 releases of 2010 in both the Jazz Times and Village Voice Critics Polls. Perhaps best known for spearheading the M-Base movement, which helped greatly advance jazz both rhythmically and harmonically, his influence on successive generations of jazz musicians continues to grow. Interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, pianist and composer Vijay Iyer said: "It's hard to overstate Steve's influence. He's affected more than one generation, as much as anyone since John Coltrane.
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Coleman's latest release finds him at his creative peak, incorporating a lifetime of research into African diasporic culture and cycles found in nature and astronomy into his musical methods. The current edition of his longtime band, the Five Elements, is perhaps his strongest ever. Of particular note are Jonathan Finlayson, who has been with the group for the last eight years and is one of the most highly regarded young trumpeters in jazz; and Jen Shyu, whose rhythmically incisive and tonally exacting vocals Coleman employs as an equal part in the horn section. They are backed by an unusual two-drummer rhythm section featuring Tyshawn Sorey and Marcus Gilmore, both considered to be the state-of-the-art in jazz.
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