The Mancy of Sound - Steve Coleman & the Five Elements
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  • Band members: Steve Coleman, Five Elements
  • Summary: The latest album from the jazz saxophonist and his band features a four-piece suite inspired by the West African Yoruba people.
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  1. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    The Mancy of Sound is a challenge, but entirely worth it.
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    The Mancy of Sound and its predecessor are straight-up essential listening, and gloriously exciting music. The pulse quickens each time I put this one on.
  3. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    As often happens with Coleman's music, initial misgivings that it's smart but going nowhere are gradually supplanted by the sense of traversing an unfamiliar but welcoming landscape.
  4. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    It is Coleman's sax, Jonathan Finlayson's trumpet, Tim Albright's trombone and Jen Shyu's voice that make the strongest impact.
  5. Dec 6, 2011
    80
    Not a visionary rollercoaster thundering around the heavens, but a rewarding slow and subtle grower. [Oct 2011, p.53]