On Live at the Village Vanguard Volume II, Steve Coleman and Five Elements blend New Jazz and hip-hop. The sound is liquid and flowing, tidal and a tidal wave.
Guitarist Liberty Ellman's compositions for this brilliant sextet on Last Desert demand that you pay careful attention, but not that you tolerate harsh tonalities.
Trumpeter and composer Jonathan Finlayson's third recording continues his streak of crackling, urgent music, this time matching his horn with two saxophones in a set of swirling new jazz.
The program recorded here across two sets at the legendary New York club is immaculate in sound and conception—as good a summary of the core idea of Steve Coleman's music as we will ever have.