Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis (Pi Recordings, 2017)

July 9, 2017 at 10:12 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis

Newest album from the composer credited with launching the M-Base movement, which also included the late, great Geri Allen. Very complex yet still grooving music which constantly twists into convoluted shapes, and blurs the line between improvisation and composition. No drums are present (just cymbals and other percussion on a few tracks), and it seems like they would just be in the way, but there is some sort of rhythmic structure to it. All of the musicians somehow seem to be following the same path, even as it keeps turning at sharp angles and tying knots. It risks sounding like something that might give you a headache while listening, but surprisingly, it doesn’t. It feels really natural and fluid. Highly recommended.

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