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  • Audio CD (7 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Constellation
  • ASIN: B00E5XLZTS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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CD digi /LP(180 gram).COIN COIN Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile is the much-anticipated new installment of Matana Roberts' unique and forward-looking project and it finds Roberts conjuring some of the most nuanced, thoughtful and substantial American liberation music of the 21st century. Mississippi Moonchile was developed for an intimately woven New York jazz sextet and represents the next leap forward in Roberts' iconoclastic and complex project of memory and recuperation, where historical and contemporary musical tropes, fragmentary spoken and sung narratives, and Matana's cascading alto saxophone are supported by prodigiously talented players. Chapter Two unfolds as a cohesive album-length piece, playing with notions of dignity, rarefaction and restraint. The six players are in a perpetual motion of coalescence and divergence, where melodic themes, occasional ostinato passages, and variously deployed literal voices serve to rally the overriding theme of individual narratives and personal expressions as struggles with, celebrations of and threads within collective history. The contortions of empowerment, pride, shame, suffering, eulogy, empathy, liberation and transcendence are Matana's raw material in the broadest and most specific senses; she has given this raw material another beautiful and compelling shape in the second chapter of the COIN COIN story.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nigel d easom on 18 Nov. 2013
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The release of the second volume of Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Project marks it out as set to be one of the most profound musical meditations on the African American experience certainly in this century and maybe before. The music on the second volume is played by a smaller group and is correspondingly more open and fluid - the musical collages of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the techniques rooted in the AACM clearly provides the framework for the music but the inclusion of folk, gospel and blues themes and songs provide rhythmic dynamism and emotional focal points. Roberts' alto is perhaps more diffident than on other recordings but is a mature voice, Jason palmer's trumpet reminds me of a breathier Lester Bowie while the rhythm section of Thomas Fujiwara on drums and Thomson Kneeland on bass is fluid and dynamic, funky and swinging even when the music is at its freest. Shoko Nagai's piano adds beautiful colour and texture to the ensemble and perhaps provides the link to the most disconcerting element of the ensemble - at least to jazz ears - the operatic tenor of Jeremiah Abiah. From what I can gather at this early stage he seems to be singing hymns or religious texts. In the context of the exploration of Roberts' roots and heritage it makes perfect sense. I love Roberts singing voice and on this volume an accapella version of Benediction delivers the same emotional kick as 'Bid Em In' did on the first volume - if you are not moved by them then you surely have no soul.

The inclusion of the tenor voice also made me think that, altho Chicago is clearly the model for this music, it also bears some similarity in feel to the music of Charles Ives, particularly his music for smaller ensembles such as 3 Places in New England. Roberts isn't flattered by the comparison - in my view she is one of the most powerful and interesting voices on the American music scene regardless of style or genre.
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Stating the obvious, a very personal statement frmo MR. Absorbing throughout, with evidence of a direct link between gospel, blues and post-modern jazz. If the rest of this project is to this standard, the other discs will be must-haves.
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The most beautiful of Matana's Coin Coin recordings thus far 9 Aug. 2015
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For those not familiar with Coin Coin, it is a long term (12 albums are planned) musical project by Matana Roberts where she engages in “panoramic sound quilting”; that is the mixing of sounds to form a coherent whole. Her aim in the project is "to expose the mystical roots and channel the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with narrativity, history, community and political expression within improvisatory musical structures."

In theory her planned approach of quilting in this manner sounds rather abstract and one may be concerned about whether such an approach produces an enjoyable listen. I believe Mississippi Moonchile, more than the other two also great albums out currently. Excels at mixing these sounds into an enjoyable listening experience. This is particularly the case if one were to listen to all the tracks in order instead of individually and separately or on shuffle as one track often leads clearly into the next. What makes this album particularly unique is how Matana draws upon a clear tradition of spiritual music and weaves it into the ideas of the album. In many ways this melding of sounds, avant garde playing concepts (though often times her playing is very melodic as well) and spirituality is very reminiscent of late John Coltrane. That is not to say that Coltrane's later works sound like Matana's here but merely to note that both are beautiful music with incredibly apparent spirituality in them.

A particularly enjoyable addition to this album that further brings out the spiritual overtones of the music is the addition of operatic tenor Jeremiah Abiah. Mr. Abiah, like the rest of the artists on this album is a true master of his craft. It is particularly interesting where his parts intersect with Matana's performance in alto sax (e.g. On the track Spares of the World). As for Matana herself, she maintains a very unique tone and playing style throughout the album which is both beautiful and thought inspiring. Although the entire album is clearly avant garde minded- Matana's AACM influences are undeniable among other things- the weaving of sounds on this album is done in such a way that it could be appreciated by someone who generally does not care for avant garde music but otherwise has a somewhat open musical mind.

The most beautiful tracks are probably Ruby River Dues and Woman Red Racked. In the former, the band expertly weaves together sounds into a beautiful and catchy melody while maintaining creativity and edge. In the latter, Matana mixes her playing with her singing of a beautiful tune she wrote (if I recall correctly it is using words from an ancestor's diary) that truly invokes a spiritual experience.

In all, I would highly recommend this album. I would even more highly recommend seeing this group perform live if you have the opportunity. Although I have owned and admired this album for a while, the group's recent performance at the Newport Jazz Festival was even more amazing than the beautiful music contained herein.
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