George Coleman to Release First New Leader Album in 20 Years

“A Master Speaks” is out April 8 on Smoke Sessions

NEA Jazz Master George Coleman performs at the 2015 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert, JALC, NYC image 0
Michael G. Stewart

NEA Jazz Master George Coleman performs at the 2015 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert, JALC, NYC

Tenor saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master George Coleman will release his first album as a leader in nearly 20 years, A Master Speaks, on April 8 via Smoke Sessions Records. It also marks the 80-year-old Coleman’s first recording of any type since the 2002 all-star live tribute album Four Generations of Miles. The new session features drummer George Coleman Jr., pianist Mike LeDonne and bassist Bob Cranshaw, with guitarist Peter Bernstein making a special guest appearance. The date was produced by Paul Stache and saxophonist Eric Alexander.