Advocate of the M-Base concept and Five Elements bandleader Steve Coleman has remained active over the past ten years, but his activity has largely been under the radar. He has had at least a half-dozen albums released on import labels (a few of these are available for download on his website), while John Zorn’s label Tzadik issued Invisible Paths: First Scattering, a solo album in the purest sense given that it was just Coleman playing his saxophone. You could say that American audiences have been a little deprived of Coleman’s highly creative blend of jazz, funk, and numerology over the past ten years. How else to explain the overnight success of vanilla dross like Nikki Yanofsky?
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