Steve Coleman’s Rebuttal
I would like to thank the current JazzTimes editor for allowing my voice to be heard. This is being addressed two years after Weiner’s 2021 … Read More “Steve Coleman’s Rebuttal”
The title invokes tribal chants, primal rhythms, and bare-bones instrumentation. Contrarily, the distinguished alto saxophonist links West African jùjú and Yoruban music to his hometown Detroit’s legacy. He smartly incorporates (and transcends) driving backbeats through homage “Hargrove,” for his trumpeter colleague, and “For Art’s Sake,” honoring drummers Art Blakey and Tony Allen. The title track channels Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, and Randy Weston while mixing Dwight Trible’s chants and Pedrito Martinez’s Yoruban singing.
CHRIS J. WALKER
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