Steve Coleman & 5 Elements: “Proteus”

This will be my last or first posting for Steve Coleman depending on how you’re reading this blog.

Throughout these albums Coleman features jazz stars such as Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums, Cassandra Wilson on vocals, saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Gary Thomas, Geri Allen on keyboards, and Dave Holland on bass.

Here’s some stoopifying funk for your trunk from the 1988 release Sine Die:


Steve Coleman and 5 Elements: Drop Kick

For myself, the “m-base” funk sound of Steve Coleman and friends hits the nail on the head. Beautiful cutting-edge jazz harmonics and improvisation sitting inside the funkiest of pockets.

Enjoy this sub-set from his 1981 ahead-of-its-time release Drop Kick:

Drop Kick

Terra Nova

Dread Drop

Tschanz — featuring the great Don Byron on clarinet!

Z Train

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: “Ascending Numeration”

One of my favorite contemporary jazz composers/band-leaders/saxophonists Steve Coleman has put up nearly all he’s recorded under his name. It’s really awesome stuff. And what a gift!
I’ll start off by introducing you to “Ascending Numeration” from his group’s 2002 release “Alternate Dimension Series I.”

Ascending Numeration

I don’t know about you, but this stuff feeds my ear what it’s most hungry for. And I got the munchies.