Recorded: February 23, 2007 (except for Formation 1 and Formation 2, July 25, 2007) Mixed: July 25, 2007 and October 12, 2008 Mastered: October 22 and 27, 2008. Ⓟ 2011 Pi Recordings.
But it is Coleman’s sax, Jonathan Finlayson’s trumpet, Tim Albright’s trombone and Jen Shyu’s voice that make the strongest impact. They act as overlapping or concentric circles – as befits the diagram on the album sleeve – that rotate around a central tonal idea, playing flicker-like phrases that are often unsettlingly, eerily dissonant. Shyu’s role is absolutely crucial as her mostly wordless timbres, loosely evoking Jeanne Lee or Lauren Newton, make her a piercing, flute-like presence in the midst of the heavier brass, and that brings balance to the dynamic range . Find out more about our use of this data, and also our policy on profanity.
Filed under Eclectic Fusion By STEVE COLEMAN. 1 Jan 18 6:40 2 Formation 1 7:05 3 Fire-Ogbe n 5:21 4 Earth-Idi 6:15 5 Air-Iwori 6:35 6 Water-Oyeku 7:58 7 Formation 2 6:56 8 Noctiluca (Jan 11) 12:20. Steve Coleman: alto saxophone; Tim Albright: trombone; Jonathan Finlayson: trumpet; Marcus Gilmore: drums; Thomas Morgan: bass; Ramon Garcia Perez: percussion; Jen Shyu: vocals.
His longstanding Five Elements ensemble has evolved over the years; here it includes the open minds of exciting notables such as drummer Tyshawn Sorey, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and vocalist Jen Shyu, who execute these painstaking charts flawlessly, like threading strands of yarn, into a larger and more colorful tapestry. The addition of a second drummer, Marcus Gilmore, with Sorey, as well as percussionist Ramon Garcia Perez, adds yet another dimension-in particular, to the "Odú Ifá Suite" suite (originally created for M-Base alumnus, singer Cassandra Wilson) . There are points throughout the album where the array of instruments comes together in harmonious cacophony, like the alignment of planets. The analogies carry deeper meanings in "Jan 18" and "Noctiluca (Jan 11)"-two works based on the eight lunar phases, as viewed from a specific place at particular moments.
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Composed By – Patrícia Magalhães