Harvesting Semblances and Affinities

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The musical key to Steve Coleman & the Five Elements' new album lie in its title. Harvesting Semblances and Affinities is, in a manner, a suite that acts as a precursor to a forthcoming album that further explores the initial concepts articulated here. While the cover is adorned with interconnected circles and astrological and I Ching symbols, the music follows a rather free-flowing progression on the cyclical nature of time and the seasons, as represented by contrapuntal polyphonic and polyrhythmic fluidity and massively expansive chordal and lyric harmony. Coleman is accompanied by Five Elements veterans vocalist Jen Shyu, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, and trombonist ...
See more details below
CD
$14.75
BN.com price
(Save 13%)$16.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (6) from $12.37   
  • New (6) from $12.37   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The musical key to Steve Coleman & the Five Elements' new album lie in its title. Harvesting Semblances and Affinities is, in a manner, a suite that acts as a precursor to a forthcoming album that further explores the initial concepts articulated here. While the cover is adorned with interconnected circles and astrological and I Ching symbols, the music follows a rather free-flowing progression on the cyclical nature of time and the seasons, as represented by contrapuntal polyphonic and polyrhythmic fluidity and massively expansive chordal and lyric harmony. Coleman is accompanied by Five Elements veterans vocalist Jen Shyu, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, and trombonist Tim Albright; they are joined by a new rhythm section comprised of bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Tyshawn Sorey on most of the program. Coleman composed and developed six of the seven compositions here from his myriad interests in astrology, science, history, meteorology, mathematics, and physics, but don't let his intellect put you off. These tunes move, groove, and flow with a knotty energy and unified purpose in their careful but extremely spontaneous execution; the set was recorded in a single day. The interplay between the front line -- and this includes Shyu's fine vocalizing -- is exceptionally orchestrated and arranged. The rhythm section's tightrope stroll walks from propulsive force and tension to a pronounced sense of swing that draws the listener in. Check the drum and bass breaks in "Beba" after a particularly intricate set of lyric statements by the horns. Also notable is "060706-2319 (Middle of Water)," the set's hinge piece, that employs exquisite balladry, harmonic inquiry, and improvisational exposition. The only non-Coleman piece here is "Flos Ut Rosaa Floruit" by Danish composer Per Nørgård, based on a spiritually significant medieval text. While not as intensely beat conscious as its countrerparts, its melody suggests the detailed sense of chordal polyphony in Coleman's own themes; it is an inclusive work, transposed by his sense of space, measure, and open inquisitiveness; the beautiful quoting of Lester Young in the cadenza is especially elegant. As adventurous as Harvesting Semblances and Affinities may be, it is Coleman's most accessible recording in a decade, and one that creates high expectations for its forthcoming sequel.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Pi Recordings
  • UPC: 808713003321
  • Catalog Number: 33
  • Sales rank: 149,843

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Attila 02 (Dawning Ritual) - Five Elements (8:33)
  2. 2 Beba - Five Elements (5:43)
  3. 3 Clouds - Five Elements (7:26)
  4. 4 060706-2319 (Middle of Water) - Five Elements (14:05)
  5. 5 Flos Ut Rosa Floruit - Five Elements (6:49)
  6. 6 Attila 04 (Closing Ritual) - Five Elements (3:33)
  7. 7 Vernal Equinox 040320-0149 (Initiation) - Five Elements (6:42)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Coleman & the Five Elements Primary Artist
Steve Coleman Indexed Contributor, Alto Saxophone
Ramon Garcia Perez Percussion
Tim Albright Trombone
Jen Shyu Vocals
Jonathan Finlayson Trumpet
Tyshawn Sorey Drums
Marcus Gilmore Drums
Thomas Morgan Bass
Technical Credits
Per Nørgård Composer
Steve Coleman Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Michael Marciano Mastering
Joseph Marciano Engineer, Mastering
Seth Rosner Executive Producer
Yulun Wang Executive Producer
Sooya Arts Booking
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously