Steve Coleman's new album is called Synovial Joints. Jeff Fusco/ John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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A New Jazz Suite For Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes

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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

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Steve Coleman And Five Elements: Newport Jazz 2011

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If Steve Coleman's music sounds a little chilly sometimes, it's because he's more interested in compositional logics than setting a mood. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Steve Coleman: 'Harvesting' Funky, Brainy Jazz

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