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Steve Coleman

Steve Coleman and Five Elements Functional Arrhythmias

  • Type CD
  • Label Pi Recordings
  • UPC 0808713004724
  • Catalog number PI 47
  • Release date 23 February 2013
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About the album

Functional Arrhythmias is the latest and most ambitious chapter in alto saxophonist Steve Coleman’s ongoing study into patterns found in nature – in this case the various rhythms found inside the human body – and using them as the building blocks for his highly individual musical language. The new CD follows on the critically acclaimed Harvesting Semblances and Affinities and The Mancy of Sound, both released on Pi Recordings. To help realize his latest musical vision, Coleman has revamped his band Five Elements by reenlisting two veterans: Sean Rickman on drums and Anthony Tidd on bass. Together with long-time member Jonathan Finlayson – one of the most acclaimed young trumpeters on the jazz scene – and guitarist Miles Okazaki, they possess the combination of intuition and experience to capture Coleman’s music in all its labyrinthine beauty. 

The title of the album refers to the irrational rhythms found in healthy human heartbeat patterns and how many of its compositions utilize the heartbeat pulse (ternary or triple pattern). Coleman has long been fascinated with time-related themes, and Functional Arrhythmias is his attempt at creating a musical analogy of the rhythmic interaction between the circulatory, nervous, respiratory, and other biological systems of the human body. He also examines the effect of sensory stimuli on these relationships, and reflects them in the music. He credits the master percussionist and polymath Milford Graves — whose pioneering research into heart sounds and rhythms point to the connection between the human soul, biology and music — for providing the inspiration for his explorations.

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    Sinews
     
    06:52
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    Medulla-Vagus
     
    06:33
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    Chemical Intuition
     
    03:56
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    Cerebrum Crossover
     
    06:45
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    Limbic Cry
     
    05:36
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    Cardiovascular
     
    02:34
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    Respiratory Flow
     
    03:51
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    Irregular Heartbeats
     
    03:57
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    Cerebellum Lean
     
    05:26
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    Lymph Swag (Dance of the Leukocytes)
     
    03:50
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    Adrenal, Got Ghost
     
    03:05
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    Assim-Elim
     
    03:32
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    Hormone Trig
     
    04:29
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    Snap-Sis
     
    03:08

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