Steve Coleman & the Five Elements

Sine Die

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This obscure set for the short-lived Panagea label features altoist Steve Coleman and what could be called the "M-Base All-Stars": trumpeter Graham Haynes, trombonist Robin Eubanks, a crowded rhythm section, singer Cassandra Wilson and such guests (on one or two songs apiece) as keyboardist Geri Allen and saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Gary Thomas and Greg Osby. Although the grooves and funk rhythms are creative and unpredictable, Cassandra Wilson consistently sounds out of place; this crowded jungle was no place for a singer. The music is erratic, but never boring.

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