Saturday, April 27, 2013

Steve Coleman, Five Elements - Functional Arrhythmias (Pi Recordings 2013)

Functional Arrhythmias is the latest and most ambitious chapter in alto saxophonist Steve Coleman s ongoing study into patterns found in nature in this case the various rhythms found inside the human body and using them as the building blocks for his highly individual musical language. The new CD follows on the critically acclaimed Harvesting Semblances and Affinities and The Mancy of Sound, both released on Pi Recordings. To help realize his latest musical vision, Coleman has revamped his band Five Elements by reenlisting two veterans: Sean Rickman on drums and Anthony Tidd on bass. Together with long-time member Jonathan Finlayson one of the most acclaimed young trumpeters on the jazz scene and guitarist Miles Okazaki, they possess the combination of intuition and experience to capture Coleman s music in all its labyrinthine beauty.