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STEVE COLE­MAN & THE COUN­CIL OF BAL­ANCE

Syn­ovial Joints ★★★★★

Pi Record­ings

Sax­o­phon­ist and com­poser Steve Cole­man is a mys­tic and a seeker of hid­den truths. His method in­volves let­ting go of con­scious in­ten­tion­al­ity and al­low­ing his pen and his horn to chan­nel rhythms and melodies al­ready some­how “present” in the nat­u­ral world. This am­bi­tious suite of com­po­si­tions for a 21-piece en­sem­ble takes the move­ment of the joints in the hu­man body as in­spi­ra­tion, and, how­ever scep­ti­cal that may ini­tially make the lis­tener, there’s no ar­gu­ing that the re­sults are star­tlingly orig­i­nal. Even to­day, when Cole­man’s in­flu­ence may be dis­cerned in pretty much ev­ery other con­tem­po­rary jazz mu­si­cian alive, his own record­ings are still unique and ut­terly com­pelling in their sin­u­ous, retic­u­lated lines and dense, mys­te­ri­ous struc­tures. m-base.net

COR­MAC LARKIN

KEITH JAR­RETT

Cre­ation ★★★★

ECM

Seventy years af­ter his birth, and 40 years af­ter his Köln con­cert raised the art of solo pi­ano to un­dreamt-of heights, Keith Jar­rett re­mains the pre-em­i­nent im­pro­viser on his in­stru­ment, ca­pa­ble of pro­foundly mov­ing, spon­ta­neous com­po­si­tions. Th­ese days – be­cause of his artis­tic sta­tus, his long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with ECM and, let’s be hon­est, an en­tire lack of per­sonal mod­esty – his ev­ery note is recorded for pos­ter­ity. Even so, it’s four years since his last solo re­lease, the joy­ously ex­u­ber­ant

Rio. This lat­est is more sub­dued, a se­lec­tion of some­times brood­ing but oc­ca­sion­ally sub­lime ru­mi­na­tions, culled from live per­for­mances around the world in 2014, amount­ing to an un­in­tended suite many Ro­man­tic-era clas­si­cal com­posers would have been happy to have writ­ten. prop­er­mu­sic.co.uk

COR­MAC LARKIN

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