Steve Coleman And Five Elements: Newport Jazz 2011 Hear the alto saxophonist and the latest incarnation of his virtuosic band play at Newport.
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Steve Coleman And Five Elements: Newport Jazz 2011

Steve Coleman And Five Elements: Newport Jazz 2011

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

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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