Monday, August 8, 2011

Steve Coleman & 5 Elements @ Jazz Gallery 7/21/11

All July and August shows are free for members.  They are also offering a special Summer membership for $35 for July and August.  If you go to at least 2 shows, you made out.  It's also a great space to support.

There was an A/C controversy.  Since we were having a heat wave, health reasons won out and they kept it on during the performance.  They usually turn it off when the music is on so it doesn't interfere.  Steve said they rehearsed the night before without it.  He said that having it on will affect what they play.  In addition to the constant hum, it's always a B-flat sound.

Whatever the A/C influence, the music was awesome.  They may have kept to more loud parts and less soft parts, which I certainly enjoyed.  I love how it was Steve and Marcus, who I've seen around a lot over the years playing with a bunch of great emerging artists I've seen a lot of in more recent years.

Jen Shuy was on vocals.  It was voice as an instrument - part of the band as opposed to over top of the band.  I flashed back to when Steve Coleman curated The Stone and his vocalist was Cassandra Wilson.  That's right, Cassandra Wilson at The Stone! It was awesome! All I remember is loving every minute and drums.  I also remember getting in line very early and barely making it in to the 1st set.

Anyway, this set last night was excellent.  Everyone was on and wonderful.

Here's the 2007 listing from The Stone:
1/27 Saturday (JC)
8 and 10 pm Cassandra Wilson Group Cassandra Wilson (vocals) Steve Coleman (sax) Yosvany Terry (sax, shekere) Marvin Sewell (guitar) Jason Moran (piano) Lonnie Plaxico (bass) Pedro Martinez (percussion) Dafnis Prieto (drums) 20 dollars

Here's the JG listing from that evening:
 Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 to Thursday, July 21st, 2011

9:00 & 10:30 p.m.
$20.00 | FREE for Members and SummerPass Holders, buy ticket
Steve celebrates the release of his new CD The Mancy of Sound on Pi Recordings in this two-night outing.

Steve Coleman - alto saxophone
Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet
Jen Shyu - voice
Miles Okazaki - guitar
David Virelles - piano
Marcus Gilmore - drums

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