Matana Roberts' new recording, COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens De Colour Libre, joins Live In London as her second album released in 2011.
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July 27, 2011 She's already one of the most imaginative saxophone players in jazz today. But Roberts' new album challenges even that reputation: It's a musical patchwork spanning decades of history and memory in the lives of 18th-century Louisiana "free people of color."
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Matana Roberts performs live at The Jazz Gallery.
June 24, 2010 For the alto saxophonist, music helps tell the complicated story of her family. She presented a project inspired by genealogical research at the Jazz Gallery as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival New York. Hear the performance.
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May 14, 2008 The saxophonist and composer grew up in the Windy City hating the avant-garde jazz that her father played. Now based in New York, her new album embraces her Chicago roots, as well as her "daddy's crazy music."
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