STEVE COLEMAN

Eclectic Fusion / 21st Century Modern • United States
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Steve began playing music just days before his 14th birthday as a freshman at South Shore High School on the south side of Chicago. 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 read more...
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STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman Group ‎: Motherland Pulse album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Coleman Group ‎: Motherland Pulse
Eclectic Fusion 1985
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: On The Edge Of Tomorrow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: On The Edge Of Tomorrow
Eclectic Fusion 1986
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements : World Expansion (By The M-Base Neophyte) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements : World Expansion (By The M-Base Neophyte)
Eclectic Fusion 1987
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Sine Die album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Sine Die
Eclectic Fusion 1988
STEVE COLEMAN Strata Institute ‎– Cipher Syntax album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strata Institute ‎– Cipher Syntax
Eclectic Fusion 1989
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Rhythm People (The Resurrection Of Creative Black Civilization) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Rhythm People (The Resurrection Of Creative Black Civilization)
Eclectic Fusion 1990
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Black Science album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Black Science
Eclectic Fusion 1991
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman & Dave Holland : Phase Space album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman & Dave Holland : Phase Space
Eclectic Fusion 1991
STEVE COLEMAN Rhythm in Mind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rhythm in Mind
Eclectic Fusion 1992
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements : Drop Kick album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements : Drop Kick
Eclectic Fusion 1992
STEVE COLEMAN Strata Institute - Transmigration album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Strata Institute - Transmigration
Eclectic Fusion 1992
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman's Music : Live In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman's Music : Live In Paris
Eclectic Fusion 1995
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Def Trance Beat (Modalities Of Rhythm) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Def Trance Beat (Modalities Of Rhythm)
Eclectic Fusion 1995
STEVE COLEMAN The Sign and the Seal: Transmissions of the Metaphysics of a Culture album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sign and the Seal: Transmissions of the Metaphysics of a Culture
Eclectic Fusion 1996
STEVE COLEMAN Genesis & The Opening Of The Way album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Genesis & The Opening Of The Way
Eclectic Fusion 1997
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Sonic Language Of Myth album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Sonic Language Of Myth
Eclectic Fusion 1999
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Ascension To Light album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Ascension To Light
Eclectic Fusion 2001
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Alternate Dimension Series I album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Alternate Dimension Series I
Eclectic Fusion 2002
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: On The Rising Of The 64 Paths album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: On The Rising Of The 64 Paths
Eclectic Fusion 2003
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Lucidarium album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Lucidarium
Eclectic Fusion 2004
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Weaving Symbolics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Weaving Symbolics
Eclectic Fusion 2006
STEVE COLEMAN Invisible Paths: First Scattering album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Invisible Paths: First Scattering
Eclectic Fusion 2007
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Harvesting Semblances And Affinities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Harvesting Semblances And Affinities
Eclectic Fusion 2010
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Mancy Of Sound album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Mancy Of Sound
Eclectic Fusion 2011
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman and Five Elements : Functional Arrhythmias album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Steve Coleman and Five Elements : Functional Arrhythmias
Eclectic Fusion 2013
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints
Eclectic Fusion 2015
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse : Morphogenesis album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse : Morphogenesis
21st Century Modern 2017

STEVE COLEMAN EPs & splits

STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman, Kokayi And Sub-Zero : We Beez Like That! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman, Kokayi And Sub-Zero : We Beez Like That!
Eclectic Fusion 1995
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Twelve Powers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Twelve Powers
Eclectic Fusion 1999

STEVE COLEMAN live albums

STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Tao Of Mad Phat < Fringe Zones > album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: The Tao Of Mad Phat < Fringe Zones >
Eclectic Fusion 1993
STEVE COLEMAN Curves of Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Curves of Life
Eclectic Fusion 1995
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman and Metrics : The Way of the Cipher album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman and Metrics : The Way of the Cipher
Eclectic Fusion 1995
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman and The Mystic Rhythm Society : Myths, Modes and Means album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Steve Coleman and The Mystic Rhythm Society : Myths, Modes and Means
Eclectic Fusion 1995
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Resistance Is Futile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman And Five Elements ‎: Resistance Is Futile
Eclectic Fusion 2001
STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman and Five Elements : Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steve Coleman and Five Elements : Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)
Eclectic Fusion 2018

STEVE COLEMAN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

STEVE COLEMAN re-issues & compilations

STEVE COLEMAN Live In Paris - 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris - 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Eclectic Fusion 2015

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STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman and The Mystic Rhythm Society : Myths, Modes and Means

Live album · 1995 · Eclectic Fusion
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Saxophonist Steve Coleman first hit the scene in the mid 80’s with his personal take on funk-jazz that he called M Base funk. Coleman’s M Base vision was modern and urban, with spiky angular rhythms that interconnected in ways that pushed the funk into avant-garde deep waters. By the time we get to 1995’s live set, “Myths Modes and Means”, Coleman’s music has expanded into an eclectic collage of sounds that owes as much to older African traditions than funk, fusion or jazz. Yet, it is this use of classical African sounds that puts “Myths, Modes and Means” on the forefront of today’s music scene, more than just jazz or fusion, this is African music for the new century.

It is a colorful ensemble that Coleman presents on here, Steve mans the sax chair while trumpeter Ralph Alessi joins, or battles him on trumpet. Two keyboardists (Andy Milne and a then new to the scene Vijay Iyer) provide piano and tasteful synthesizer, while two percussionists (Rameesh Shotham and Josh Jones) provide rhythms from India and Africa. Rapper/poet Kokayi adds occasional hyper verbal assaults that work great with the music. We’ve all heard bad attempts at mixing jazz and rap, but there is none of that nonsense on here, Kokayi’s lyrics are tough, rhythmic, real and improvised on the spot. All of this is anchored by the hard rhythm section of Reggie Washington on bass and Gene Lake on drums. The icing on the cake is the Koto playing of Miya Masaoka. A couple lengthy tunes on here open with solo Koto playing, and the Koto’s sound and scales set a mood that stretches back many centuries. The Koto is not exactly an African instrument, but it fits really well, filling in for Egyptian instruments that disappeared over the years.

The music on here is just as eclectic as the instruments that are used. There is plenty of Coleman’s hard edged abstract funk, but there also moments when Coleman produces sounds on the sax that mix with the percussionists in a way that recalls field recordings of classical African music. On “Song of the Beginnings” a string synthesizer is used to solo over African percussion, furthering the idea Afro-Futurism. You won’t find too many more albums that can logically mix somber solo Koto playing with hard-edged hip-hop. There is so much music on here, its hard to believe this is just one CD. Wth three ‘epic’ 20 minute plus African odysseys, plus four more potent shorter tracks, this album seems like a three LP gatefold set from the 70s.

STEVE COLEMAN Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints

Album · 2015 · Eclectic Fusion
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snobb
I have heard Steve Coleman and his Five Elements playing live just a few weeks after he recorded this new material for what later became "Synovial Joints", and to be honest I was a really critical when started listening to this, his newest release to time.

It's not like I was seriously disappointed with Coleman's gig, better to say - I was quite seriously surprised. Excellent combo played in overcrowded Drama Theater hall with coldness I can hardly remember in any jazz concert ever. Technically great musicians demonstrated quite interesting musical ideas but tried hard to isolate themselves from any public emotions,or probably - to isolate public from anything different than their calculated (and often quite repetitive) sound.

So, when Coleman's new album has been released I have been thinking more than once if I really want to hear it. Probably, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award Steve received earlier this year pushed me to give this music a chance. It took weeks for me to accept and appreciate new album's music, but now I can say - yes, it's a good album.

What Steve did first of all recording "Synovial Joints" is the increase of the number of band members. In fact, he used his regular "Five Elements" as basis and recruited lot of new artists(many of them already played with Steve in his other projects), up to 21 in total. As a result, Coleman's biggest band ever plays his usual math / calculated compositions with richer arrangements,but what is more important - whole sound is warmer and even mellower (what sounds more than unusual speaking about Steve Coleman music).

Attentive listener will notice that there are more improvisational components,than in many of Steve previous works, and at the same time he uses unusually much classic orchestration here. Add some Latin tunes and you got the new Steve Coleman's music - warmer,more lively and much more attractive because of that.

Newbies to Coleman's music still most probably will notice how angular new album sounds,those familiar with his previous aesthetics most probably will enjoy how more humane this album sounds still being with no doubt same Steve Coleman's music.

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