Coin Coin belongs to the most important Jazz records of the past 10 years! If Matana Roberts keeps going like this she definitely will become thee spokeswoman for a new, politically conscious and refractory Jazz scene.
Coin Coin belongs to the most important Jazz records of the past 10 years! If Matana Roberts keeps going like this she definitely will become thee spokeswoman for a new, politically conscious and refractory Jazz scene. Roberts' intimate delivery and quivering vibrato are vulnerable, fiercely angry and may well bring you to tears.
COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres is a live in-studio album by jazz saxophonist Matana Roberts, it was first of her 12-chapter Coin Coin project. It was released by Constellation Records in May 2011.
Record Label: Constellation. Release Date: May 10, 2011. Summary: The New York-based saxophonist releases what is to be the first of her Coin Coin project. Genre(s): Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental Big Band.
Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Voice – Matana Roberts. Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres (2x10").
Matana's COIN COIN project is the centerpiece of this engagement and re-definition: a multi-chapter work that combines conceptual scoring (graphic notation, 'chance' strategies), storytelling and historical narrative.
Matana's COIN COIN project is the centerpiece of this engagement and re-definition: a multi-chapter work that combines conceptual scoring (graphic notation, 'chance' strategies), storytelling and historical narrative, performative theatre (personae, costume, multi-media), and a deeply considered channeling of personal ancestry and the 'universal' experience of Africans in America. Double 10" comes in a wide-spine double-scored jacket printed in full colour on 24pt reverse board.
Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres, 2011.
Released May 10, 2011. Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee. Show all albums by Matana Roberts. Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres Tracklist. Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres.
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Album · 2011 · 8 Songs. More By Matana Roberts. See All. Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile.
* Matana Roberts: reeds/voice
* Gitanjali Jain: voice
* David Ryshpan: piano/organ
* Nicolas Caloia: cello
* Ellwood Epps: trumpet
* Brian Lipson: bass trumpet
* Fred Bazil: tenor sax
* Jason Sharp: baritone sax
* Hraïr Hratchian: doudouk
* Xarah Dion: prepared guitar
* Marie Davidson: violin
* Josh Zubot: violin
* Lisa Gamble: musical saw
* Thierry Amar: bass
* Jonah Fortune: bass
* David Payant: drums/vibes
Recorded in front of a live audience at the
Hotel2Tango studio in Montreal, 9 July 2010.
Recorded and mixed by Radwan Moumneh.
Mastered by Harris Newman.
By Tim Niland
Saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts has been involved in a lengthy
genealogical exploration of her family’s rich history, and in doing so has
conceived of an ambitious twelve part experience of music, narrative and
sound. Part one is this album, subtitled Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres
which is a fascinating mix of genres, ideas and song. There is the raw toned
tenor saxophone that she has developed a unique tone on in instrumental pieces
like the opening "Rise," which move through free and intense areas of
exploration providing an opening into the story. Roberts also sings quite well
on the album, but the centerpiece is her haunting narration of a slave auction
on “Libation For Mr. Brown: Bid ‘em In” where she throws her heart and soul
into the scorn and shame of American slavery. It’s an unforgettable narrative,
akin to Abbey Lincoln’s work with Max Roach on songs like “Driva’ Man.” This is
one of the most unique musical experiences to be released in 2011, and really
succeeds where well meaning but overly bloated efforts like Wynton Marsalis’
epic Blood on the Fields have faltered. By breaking her narrative down into
discreet parts, she is developing a project akin to the late clarinetist John
Carter’s Roots and Folklore series of albums, which examined the
African-American experience through music. Part history lesson, part protest
album, and all jazz in its soul and conception, this is a thoughtful and
valuable project that deserves much attention.
By Thom Jurek
By Guy Peters
By Eric Dawson
By Richard Elliott
Michał Pudło (pl)
Kajetan Prochyra (pl)
Da Gianfranco Marmoro (it)
Da Gaspare Caliri (it)
Da Francesco Buffoli (it)
Par BB (fr)
Par Guillaume Belhomme (fr)
Por Pau Cristòful (en-es)
Por Sergio Piccirilli (es)