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STEVE COLEMAN

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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Steve Coleman born in Chicago and began playing music from he was 14 .His first instrument was violin but later that year he switched to the alto saxophone. For three years Steve studied the basics of music and saxophone technique, then he decided that he wanted to learn how to improvise. Looking for the best improvising musicians to listen to is what brought Steve to the music of Charlie Parker, although it helped that his father listened to Parker all the time.

After spending two years at Illinois Wesleyan University Steve transferred to Roosevelt University (Chicago Music College) in downtown Chicago in order to concentrate on Chicago's musical nightlife. Specifically Coleman had been introduced to the improvisations of Chicago premier saxophonists Von Freeman, Bunky Green, Gido Sinclair, Sonny Greer and others and he wanted to hang out and learn from these veterans. By the time he left Chicago in May 1978, he was holding down a decent gig leading a band at the New Apartment Lounge, writing music, playing Parker classics, and getting increasingly dissatisfied with what he felt was a creative dead end in the Chicago scene.

After hearing groups from New York led by masters like Max Roach, Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sonny Rollins, etc. come through Chicago with bands that featured great players with advanced musical conceptions, Steve knew where he wanted to go next. He felt he needed to be around this kind of atmosphere in order to grow musically.

He relocated to New York and spend four years playing with local jazz masters.At that time he founded a street band (Steve Coleman and Five Elements) which later will become flagship of his activities.

Within a short time the group began finding a niche in tiny, out-of-the-way clubs in Harlem and Brooklyn where they continued to hone their developing concept of improvisation within nested looping structures. These ideas were based on ideas about how to create music from one's experiences which became the foundation which Coleman and friends call the M-Base concept. However, unlike what most critics wrote this concept was philosophical, Coleman did not call the music itself M-Base.

After reaching an agreement with the West German JMT label in 1985, Steve and his colleagues got their chance to document their emergent ideas on three early Coleman-led recordings like Motherland Pulse, On The Edge Of Tomorrow, and World Expansion. The late 1980s fo...
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Bmg Int'l 1999
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Motherland Pulse
1985
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On the Edge of Tomorrow
1986
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World Expansion
1987
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Sine Die
1988
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Rhythm People: The Resurrection of Creative Black Civilization
1990
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Black Science
1991
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Phase Space (Dave Holland)
1992
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Drop Kick
1992
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Flashback On M-Base (with Robin Eubanks,Greg Osby and Cassandra Wilson )
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Way of the Cipher
1995
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Def Trance Beat (Modalities of Rhythm)
1995
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The Sign and the Seal: Transmissions of the Metaphysics of a Culture
1997
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Genesis & The Opening of the Way
1998
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The Sonic Language of Myth: Believing, Learning, Knowing
1999
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The Ascension to Light
2001
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On the Rising of the 64 Paths
2002
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Alternate Dimension Series I
2002
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Lucidarium
2004
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Weaving Symbolics
2006
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Invisible Paths: First Scattering
2007
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Harvesting Semblances and Affinities
2010

STEVE COLEMAN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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Rhythm In Mind
1992
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The Tao of Mad Phat: Fringe Zones
1993
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Steve Coleman's Music: Live in Paris at the Hot Brass
1995
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Myths, Modes & Means: Live at Hot Brass
1995
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Curves of Life
1995
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Resistance Is Futile
2002

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 The Tao of Mad Phat: Fringe Zones by COLEMAN, STEVE album cover Live, 1993
3.05 | 2 ratings

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The Tao of Mad Phat: Fringe Zones
Steve Coleman Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars This live album consists of about half straight up be-bop songs, and about half of Five Element version of fusion, which leans a lot more toward funk than rock. But there is still Coleman's weirdly cool sense of melody. Very avant garde.

The album begins with the title track, The Tao Of Mad Phat which is primarily an alto sax solo by Coleman. The next track Alt-Shift-Return is my favorite on the album. It's a low key, but but very compelling funk rhythm, with of course, some fine soloing. Collective Meditations I is a suite of fine be-bop pieces, but not fusion. Polymad Nomads is another great funk fusion solo extravaganza, and Little Girl On Fire starts as a low key be-bop number, but buils to energetic funk by the end.

This album is indicative of the one time I saw this band play live, so I would suggest picking it up for the Coleman live experience.

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 Drop Kick by COLEMAN, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 1992
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Drop Kick
Steve Coleman Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
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4 stars This album, Drop kick, is a tasty combination of be-bop jazz and funk rhythms, all topped with the fine alto sax soloing of Steve Coleman. The songs, all but one written by Coleman, are primarily funk rhythms with peculiar, avant-garde melodies popping in and out. As noted, Coleman's soloing permeates the album, but there are also some great performances by guitarist David Gilmore (no, not that guy, I said "Gilmore") and keyboardists Andy Milne and James Weidman.

The best track on the album is Bates Motel. As it's title implies, it's a eerie piece with spooky keyboard washes and not a walking, but a limping lumbering bass line that Coleman solos over effortlessly.

This band has a unique sound and style, something very difficult in the major label jazz world. The fusion aficianato should check them out.

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