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Coleman, Steve & Five Elements / Mancy Of Sound, The
Album:Mancy Of Sound, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Coleman, Steve & Five Elements Added:08/2011
Label:Pi Recordings 

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Add Date:2011-08-14 Pull Date:2011-10-16 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
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Reviewed 2011-08-14 
STEVE COLEMAN & FIVE ELEMENTS: The Mancy of Sound
Pi, 2011

AVANT-GARDE – Sax adventurer Coleman continues his experiments in employing abstract vocals (Jen Shyu) against densely layered horns, while applying concepts of astrology and other divination systems to his music in ways I don’t pretend to understand. Coleman has a top band with two drummers on hand, allowing rhythm to take a foreground position (especially in the suite, tracks 3-6). It can be a bit difficult to approach at times, but overall I find this more cohesive and successful than 2010’s Harvesting Semblances and Affinities.

Steve Coleman : alto sax
Jonathan Finlayson : trumpet
Tim Albright : trombone
Jen Shyu : voice
Thomas Morgan : bass
Tyshawn Sorey, Marcus Gilmore : drums
Ramon Garcia Perez : percussion

Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8

1. 6:41 – heavy rhythm, jumbled horn/vocal fragments; sax solo burns through
2. 7:05 – meandering but excellent horn interplay with scatlike vocal syllables
3. 5:21 – complex afro-caribbean rhythm, percolating horns & sing-song vocal
4. 6:15 – slower patterns, slouching horns in close formation, male Yoruba vox
5. 6:36 – upbeat jumble; horn solos and vocals rise from the bubbling rhythm
6. 7:59 – the most melodic track: relaxed, complex flow, spoken interjections
7. 6:56 – horns & vocal only; relaxed wandering, picks up rhythmic focus later
8. 12:20 – a sort of abstracted latin jam, complicated interactions & nice solos

[ Fo ] - August 2011

Track Listing
1.Jan 18 5.Odú Ifá Suite: Air-Iwori
2.Formation 1 6.Odú Ifá Suite: Water-Oyeku
3.Odú Ifá Suite: Fire-Ogbe 7.Formation 2
4.Odú Ifá Suite: Earth-Idi 8.Noctiluca (Jan 11)