matana roberts: 'coin coin' and other things

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saw her at last year's atp, playing a set of solo alto where she spent the whole set -- well, what i saw of it -- playing simple lines and then increasingly deconstructing them, showing off in a way impressive for its casual grasp of normal & extended technique. cerebral and meditative, and probably one of the most accomplished bits of music i saw at that festival.

getting some press for her new record, 'coin coin chapter one', which is the first of a twelve-piece ... thing: closest analogue would be something like that first charlie haden/carla bley record, but on a much larger scale; she's performed six of the twelve parts, and the recording of the first was done live-in-studio with a sixteen-piece ensemble including prepared ensemble and musical saw. she spends a lot of time doing recitative chant-singing about slavery. the idiom is free jazz, more or less, with digressions into folk-song modes and pastiche of earlier jazz forms. it's far more exciting than i'm making it sound.

thomp, Thursday, 28 July 2011 17:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's also on constellation, which i'm not sure if i agree with or not. she has also recorded, i believe, with tortoise and prefuse 73.

thomp, Thursday, 28 July 2011 17:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

thomp, Friday, 29 July 2011 17:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

new album is AOTY contender

ennui morricone (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 29 July 2011 22:37 (4 years ago) Permalink


Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Sunday, 31 July 2011 21:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

that youtube is amazing, definitely going to track a copy down

zappi, Sunday, 31 July 2011 21:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

me too. the bit i listened to on sonnedclod was a wee bit scary and some kinda sublime
(link to flac d/l)

Marquis de Sade (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 31 July 2011 21:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's a good record and an AMAAAAZING piece. was stunned last summer seeing the same piece as on the record, performed in montreal.

sean gramophone, Monday, 1 August 2011 05:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's come up a bit on the rolling jazz thread, yall.

the idiom is free jazz, more or less, with digressions into folk-song modes and pastiche of earlier jazz forms.

there are probably other more proximate free-jazz comparisons, but it also sounds very mingusy to me, just in the dramatic aspect to even some of the instrumental music, and obviously to the sing-talking.

at first listen i also thought she spent a 'lot of time' doing the sing-chanting about slavery, but now i would have to say it just overwhelms at first.

j., Monday, 1 August 2011 06:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

this sounds like it would fulfill my Nicole Mitchell jones while being stylistically different, thanks for the heads up.

sleeve, Monday, 1 August 2011 06:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

i've been trying to think of other comparisons which get to what i don't like about it, and i think the problem is it makes me think of henry cow, sorta

thomp, Monday, 1 August 2011 09:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Brilliant album this, although I'm still absorbing it.
Mingus is a good reference point. Her vocals have some of the commanding presence of June Tyson on classic Sun Ra sides, with a touch of Linda Sharrock's abandon. Most recent thing it reminds me of is William Parker's incredible Double Sunrise Over Neptune, or some of his stuff with Leena Conquest on vocals.

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Monday, 1 August 2011 09:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

still playing 'coin coin ch1' on the regular, what an incredible work

madame boo berry (donna rouge), Friday, 27 April 2012 17:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

me too, easily my favourite discovery of last year (thanks to this far too short thread)

zappi, Friday, 27 April 2012 18:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Coin Coin Chapter Two is astonishing.

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes! Good interview in the Wire the other month too.

famous for hits! (seandalai), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Definitely one of my favourites this year

tsrobodo, Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

this rules

comic sbans soref (wins), Sunday, 17 November 2013 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is a strange and wonderful album.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Friday, 29 November 2013 22:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

i haven't heard any of her recordings; sounds like i need to.
saw her perform earlier this year and it was great.

ian, Friday, 29 November 2013 23:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

this is great.

Daniel, Esq 2, Friday, 31 January 2014 03:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...


♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Monday, 19 January 2015 13:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

leaked a few weeks ago, it's great.

ANU (sisilafami), Monday, 19 January 2015 17:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

She has released another record this year. It's two tracks of just her on the saxophone, very stark stuff, and it's great.

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Saturday, 26 September 2015 20:44 (7 months ago) Permalink

yeah that one's good

j., Saturday, 26 September 2015 20:48 (7 months ago) Permalink

going to see her in a fairly small venue in a couple of weeks, excited about that one

Ray Chard (NickB), Saturday, 26 September 2015 20:50 (7 months ago) Permalink

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