Steve Coleman: Easy Living
Steve Coleman (alto sax)
Resistance is Futile (Label Bleu LBLC 6643/44)
Recorded: Montpellier (France), July 12-13, 2001
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
It begins as an improvised alto solo where you recognize here and there bits of the melody or harmonic twists of "Easy Living" among the poised flow of notes blown at medium tempo. Then Andy Milne's piano enters after almost 1:30 and builds an angular counterpoint to the alto's lead while Coleman gathers speed. Both ultimately wind up exploring the sides and turns of the tune on parallel paths. The result is a fascinating reading—both abstract and full of tenderness—of this classic by two musicians who must know it very well to be able to take is so far away, while respecting its essence.
Reviewer: Thierry QuĂ©num