Thursday, January 27, 2022

STEVE COLEMAN and FIVE ELEMENTS – Resistance Is Futile / Live (3LP-2005)



Label: Private Press / Unofficial Release / LBLC6643/44/45-3LP
Format: 3 x Vinyl, Album / Country: Switzerland / Released: 2001/Re-2005
Style: Experimental Jazz, Free Jazz
Live concert recordings made at Jam, Montpellier, France, July 12-13, 2001.
Mixed July/August 2001 (By – Joseph Marciano, Steve Coleman)
Mastered August 21, 2001 (By – Nicholas Prout)
Engineer – Hervé Martin, Vincent Mahey
Design – Jérôme Witz
Photography By – Guy Le Querrec
Producer – Steve Coleman
Co-producer [Assistant] – Geoffroy De Masure
Executive-Producer – Pierre Walfisz
Liner Notes – Steve Coleman
Matrix / Runout (LP-1, side A): Private LBLC6643 – 01
Matrix / Runout (LP-1, side B): Private LBLC6643 – 01b
Matrix / Runout (LP-2, side C): Private LBLC6644 – 02
Matrix / Runout (LP-2, side D): Private LBLC6644 – 02b
Matrix / Runout (LP-3, side E): Private LBLC6645 – 03
Matrix / Runout (LP-3, side F): Private LBLC6645 – 03b

SET 1 - ABUNDANCE (FULLNESS)
side 1:
A1 - Wheel Of Nature ............................................................................................ 18:54
A2 - Beyond All We Know ....................................................................................... 6:05

side 2:
B1 - 9 To 5 ............................................................................................................ 14:42
B2 - Change The Guard ......................................................................................... 8:57

side 3:
C1 - Ah-Leu-Cha .................................................................................................... 5:28
C2 - Law Of Balance / Figit Time ......................................................................... 13:50

SET 2 - THE WANDERER
side 4:
D1 - Resistance Is Futile (Limitation) ................................................................... 15:14
D2 - Hits / Straight No Chaser ............................................................................... 6:10
D3 - Pad Thai ......................................................................................................... 2:55

side 5:
E1 - Easy Living ..................................................................................................... 7:15
E2 - Flint ............................................................................................................... 12:25

side 6:
F1 - Urban .............................................................................................................. 7:37
F2 - Straight Ahead ................................................................................................ 5:46
F3 - Reflex ............................................................................................................ 10:04

Personnel:
Steve Coleman – alto saxophone, vocals
Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet
Ambrose Campbell-Akinmusire – trumpet
Andy Milne – piano, keyboards
Anthony Tidd – bass
Jesús Diaz – percussion, vocals
Sean Rickman – drums
Geoffroy DeMasure – trombone (guest)



The high-concept recordings of saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Steve Coleman are often confrontational, always provocative, and thoroughly engaging. Still, one cannot help but feel that something gets lost in the translation process in the recording studio. This triple-LP live package, recorded in France in 2001 from two concerts, showcases the Five Elements at their most ambitious, yet subtle best.



Coleman's lineup features trumpeters Jonathan Finlayson and Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Andy Milne, Anthony Tidd on bass, Jesús Diaz on percussion, drummer Sean Rickman, and trombonist Geoffroy DeMasure. While it's true that most of these musicians are not well known, it's all for the better. Coleman's vision is pure, and the strengths of his collaborators shine through as part of the ensemble, according to plan. Set one is for the most part subdued and meditative, though there are moments of joyous, raucous energy that burst from the seams of the music, such as on "9 to 5," where a long, nearly classical opening is augmented by a Bulgarian dance band melodic line that gives way to a funky overdriven modal chart allowing the front-line players short solos that interchange at a rapid pace. Likewise, the cover of Mingus' "Ah-Leu-Cha" is saturated in deep, greasy blues and gutbucket funk. The way in which Coleman moves the band through the intervals in the bridge is simply stunning.




Second set, which kicks off with the title track, offers a melodic line that is Latin in root, modal in step, and Sun Ra-ish in articulation. The front line shows great discipline in playing just behind the beat with long lines; they angle around a chord figure that is continually refracted against the dissonance by Milne, until the tune breaks open into improvisation with Coleman taking the lead. Track two, the funky "Hits," feels like an Ornette tune coming out of P-Funk, until it breaks down into "Straight, No Chaser" and then "Easy Living." But that's the beginning, really, as Coleman and company tear into a tune by Jerry Goldsmith, a few originals, and one of the finest renditions of Mal Waldron's "Straight Ahead" ever played. Ending with Coleman's "Reflex," the saxophonist moves the edges to the margin and concentrates all of his organizational energies on bringing the band down into the heart of the strange and beautiful melody, accenting the polyrhythms with flurries of notes that open the doors wider and allow everybody to settle into a space that gradually pushes out into the realm of silence. This is one of those rare performances where everything works, and comes across to the listener as an actual concert experience.

(Review by Thom Jurek)



If you find it, buy this album!

50 comments:

  1. STEVE COLEMAN and FIVE ELEMENTS – Resistance Is Futile / Live (3LP-2005)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC-176+Artwork (Set 1> 925.47 MB / Set 2> 875.11 MB)



    You can get the download link exclusively through:
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  2. This is just fantastic, even by the high standards of DPIMR! Many, many thanks.

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  3. Vitko, welcome back, I hope you're okay. Your new posts are a real musical gem. This private 3LP Steve Coleman package is fascinating and thank you so much for this rarity. The sound and your artwork is as always top notch.

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  4. Super ! Great music
    Thank you very much

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  5. Love Steve Coleman's live work, thanks!

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  6. thank you. i look forward to giving this a listen!

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  7. much better than the Label Bleu CD's! Great sound and great music. Thank you!

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  8. Thanks a lot for your rips, Vitko!

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  9. Wonderful music and excellent recording, seem to get a checksum error on F1 Urban no matter what I do, but hey ho not complaining I'm getting this for free ,so thank you very much.

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    1. You are the second to report the error.
      Contact me by email, I will send you a new link .....

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  10. Many thanks for this rarity. Wonderful music.

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  11. Thank you for sharing!!

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  12. Great music, great job. Thank you, Vitko.

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  13. Fantastic and beautifully packaged as always! Thank-you so much.

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  14. Many many thanks for sharing this music.
    Cheers

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  15. splendid Vario, thanks for this share

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  16. Thank you for this, and all the shares over the years. Excellent!

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  17. Fantástico este triple disco!! No se puede esperar menos de semejante elenco. Muchas gracias, Vitko, por tu maravilloso blog!!!

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  18. Thanks Vitko for sharing this one. Have had the CD version for almost 20 years. This one sound better. Great music... anyway🤗

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  19. Obrigado Vitko! Som sensacional!

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  20. Great! Thanks Vitko. Iriati

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  21. Thank you very much for all the January posts!!!!

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  22. Thank You Vitko!

    Again great album!

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  23. Thanks for sharing this fabulous music

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  24. well THIS is certainly something to brighten up late winter! Thanks!

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  25. Thanks Vitko! t's rare finds like these that makes your blog extraordinary

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  26. Thanks for sharing this. Steve Coleman's live records are much better than the studio ones.

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  27. Thank you very much for sharing. Much appreciated, as always!

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  28. Thanks for sharing this live.
    The best period of Steve Coleman!
    Jazzily

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  29. Thanks for this live Steve Coleman.
    Bravo for your Blog!

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  31. Wow, a bit of a revelation. I'll have to re-visit Coleman's oeuvre after listening to this!

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  32. this project is awesome!!
    Steve Coleman's bands are no joke at all.
    deep!

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  33. Bonjour
    Ravi par ton blog et la musique présentée....
    Serait'il possible d'avoir le lien pour Steve Coleman, musicien que j'ai eu l'occasion de voir à Montpellier...
    Merci

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  34. You can get the download link via:
    differentper@gmail.com


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  35. Thank you Vitko, fantastic music.

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  36. Muchas gracias, Vitko!!!
    LO

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  37. Thank you for this, excellent sequel to Steve Coleman Metrics six-seven years earlier, without rap/jungle dnb.

    Akinmusire played same kind of set in Tampere Jazz Happening in Finland with hiphopping, although it was never transmitted aside from ten minute clip.

    Steve Coleman deserves to be a classic in a vein of Max Roach in the 60's.

    I think Ah-Leu-Cha is a Charlie Parker composition, not Mingus'.

    Greetings from Finland

    Juha

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    1. You are absolutely right, "Ah-Leu-Cha" is Parker's original.
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  38. thanks for the share and sending the link. revelation time! wonderful!

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  39. Many thanks, Vitko! Beautiful music.

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