Steve Coleman: Embryo




Steve Coleman (alto sax)


The Ascension to Light (BMG 74321742192)

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Steve Coleman (alto sax),

Shane Endsley (trumpet), Grégoire Maret (harmonica), David Gilmore (guitar), Anthony Tidd (bass), Sean Rickman (drums)


Composed by Steve Coleman


Recorded: New York, February, April and June 1999


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Coleman is alone with the muffled drums for more than a minute before the other instruments join in on this poised melody, in a choir-like manner. When the harmonica solos, the atmosphere changes. Then the two others horns return and dialogue with him in a fascinating, random way, on a typically M-base ostinato by the rhythm section, and we are definitely in Steve Coleman's universe. This tune introduces us to it step by step, until we snap our fingers without even asking the common question: "What is there to understand in this music?" Pure magic indeed!

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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