Saxophonist Steve Coleman's The Mancy of Sound
(Pi Recordings, 2011) was one of the
records of 2011. Thematically and structurally challenging on the one hand, dynamic and funky on the other, the music's contrasts reflect Coleman's view of the world, in all its complexity and simplicity. Coleman's fierce intellect carries simple logic, wrapped in many-layered waves of knowledge; so, too, the music on this recording may seem overwhelming at first, until repeated listening gradually unveils the simple truths within. For Coleman, it's all a matter of communication with his fellow musicians, where the notes played are the symbols of a language that is universal, but which allows for highly personal individual expression.Ian Patterson
spoke with Coleman at length in the first of two days to feature Pi Recordings artists at All About Jazz. In-depth, yet concise and clear, Coleman demonstrates rare insight while never losing sight of the simpler, communicative aspects of making music.
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