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Steve Coleman's new album is called Synovial Joints.
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May 3, 2015 Saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman's new album for large ensemble is called Synovial Joints, after the different ways the human body moves. The MacArthur Fellow explains how nature inspires him.
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December 18, 2013 We asked 137 jazz journalists to pick their favorite albums that came out this year. Out of over 700 nominees, here are their collective top 50 picks, along with top finishers in the Latin jazz, vocal, debut and reissue categories.
Steve Coleman plays in the ruins of Fort Adams during the Newport Jazz Fest 2011.
April 27, 2012 The saxophonist is known for his unique compositions. In a dark corner of the Newport Jazz Festival, he and his band gave us a little demonstration of how this musical dialect is forged.
Steve Coleman performs with Five Elements, including Jonathan Finlayson (on trumpet, foreground), on the Harbor Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.
August 7, 2011 Hear the alto saxophonist and the latest incarnation of his virtuosic band play at Newport.
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December 1, 2010 From recast gems of the '50s to sketches on an Argentine folk composer, jazz artists in 2010 practiced a historical eclecticism. Hear songs from the year's top records, chosen by Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR's A Blog Supreme.
If Steve Coleman's music sounds a little chilly sometimes, it's because he's more interested in compositional logics than setting a mood.
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August 19, 2010 As a composer, Coleman has been heavily influenced by James Brown's funk. You wouldn't mistake Coleman's band Five Elements for J.B.'s, but like the Godfather of Soul, he goes in for fast, jittery beats on Harvesting Semblances and Affinities.
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