Steve Coleman performs with Five Elements, including Jonathan Finlayson (on trumpet, foreground), on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival. i

Steve Coleman performs with Five Elements, including Jonathan Finlayson (on trumpet, foreground), on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Erik Jacobs/NPR
Steve Coleman performs with Five Elements, including Jonathan Finlayson (on trumpet, foreground), on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Steve Coleman performs with Five Elements, including Jonathan Finlayson (on trumpet, foreground), on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Erik Jacobs/NPR

Newport Jazz Festival

Steve Coleman And Five Elements: Newport Jazz 2011WBGO-FM

Steve Coleman And Five Elements: Newport Jazz 2011
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/139052313/139054095" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Alto saxophonist Steve Coleman comes up with some of the most original song structures in jazz. In many others' hands, they'd sound like algebra; with his virtuosity and arranging, it crackles with excitement. The latest incarnations of his Five Elements band execute with awe-inspiring precision, as heard on the new album The Mancy Of Sound. With wordless scat vocals and jaw-dropping drumming, the band performs at the Harbor stage at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.

Personnel
  • Steve Coleman, alto saxophone
  • Jen Shyu, vocals
  • Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
  • David Virelles, keyboards
  • Thomas Morgan, bass
  • Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Set List
  • Jan 18
  • Clouds
  • Attilla
  • Little Girl I'll Miss You
  • Cud Ba-Rith
  • Wheel Of Nature
  • Law Of Balance
  • Neutral Zone
[+] read more[-] less

More From Jazz

Rose Murphy. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Rose Murphy On Piano Jazz

Hear the singer and pianist perform "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" in a 1988 session.

Rose Murphy In The Studio
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476137289/476145176" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Carlos Henriquez in The Bronx. Lawrence Sumulong for Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

toggle caption Lawrence Sumulong for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz Night In America

Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid

WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The bassist spends a lot of time in Manhattan for Jazz at Lincoln Center, but his roots are uptown.

Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476077535/476086613" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ayako Shirasaki. Patrick Wamsganz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Patrick Wamsganz/Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Ayako Shirasaki On Piano Jazz

Hear the Japanese pianist perform her compositions "Falling Leaves" and "Far Away."

Ayako Shirasaki In The Studio
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/474388065/474390434" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Barbara Lea on the cover of A Woman In Love + Barbara Lea + Lea In Love. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Barbara Lea On Piano Jazz

The respected vocalist joins Marian McPartland for a tribute to songwriter Hoagy Carmichael.

Barbara Lea In The Studio
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/473497507/473504650" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Paul Bley. Hans Kumpf/Courtesy of ECM Records hide caption

toggle caption Hans Kumpf/Courtesy of ECM Records

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Paul Bley On Piano Jazz

The avant-garde pianist performed original motifs and a free duet with Marian McPartland in 2000.

Paul Bley In The Studio
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/472695170/472696689" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Marian McPartland. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

The Music Of Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz

Hear McPartland's compositions performed by Sarah Vaughan, Cleo Laine and more.

The Music Of Marian McPartland
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/471849097/471851264" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Harold Mabern. Gabe Palacio/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Gabe Palacio/Getty Images

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Harold Mabern On Piano Jazz

McPartland caught the Memphis-born pianist for a session just before he left for a 1991 Japan tour.

Harold Mabern In The Studio
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/470957914/470960257" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top