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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Rhythm People (The Resurrection of Creative Black Civilization) [Novus, 1990]
Jazz specialists are claiming the just-released Black Science as the one they always had in them, but from my specialty (whatever that might be), this 1990 item has the right stuff: almost true fusion, yet I diddybop around to its secondhand funk. Helps that they trade off like the Lakers on a fast break. Helps that Coleman plays his alto off. And it really helps that Cassandra Wilson, called in for two horrendous lyrics on the new one, is held down to a scat. A-