Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres


Matana Roberts is one of the leading lights of contemporary African-American experimental music, combining her widely recognized gifts as an alto saxophone player and improviser with an intensely engaged re-definition of American Jazz traditions.While it may sound trite, we truly feel this music speaks for itself. It rallies adventurous improv, experimental voice and narrative, a wide array of black folkways, and Matana’s impassioned lead playing to tremendous emotional and conceptual effect.

Matana’s COIN COIN project is the centerpiece of this engagement and re-definition: a multi-chapter work that combines conceptual scoring (graphic notation, ‘chance’ strategies), storytelling and historical narrative, performative theatre (personae, costume, multi-media), and a deeply considered channeling of personal ancestry and the ‘universal’ experience of Africans in America.

For more info and buy check:


01. Rise
02. Pov Piti
03. Song For Eulalie
04. Kersaia
05. Libation For Mr.Brown-Bid Em In…
06. Lulla-by
07. I Am
08. How Much Would You Cost

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7 Responses to “Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres”

  1. Matana Roberts says:

    Hi there,
    can you take my record off of your site please?

    Matana Roberts

  2. mR. id says:

    Matana, I gotta say, this record is beautiful. I’ve never heard of you until this post and I’ve been spreading the word big time. Going to buy this as well.

  3. Turk says:

    I was hipped to you by mR. id. This is a truly beautiful, challenging record.

    I am so grateful for having heard it, you will definitely see some of my money as well.

  4. james says:

    when the actual living artist takes the time to write to you to personally ask you to remove thier music from your site, you should respect that no matter what. By leaving up Matana Roberts work after she asked you to take it down shows bad judgement and disrespect.

  5. Jazzhole says:

    This CD is downable at www. /?l7cglgjdm833ak8.

  6. Elliot says:

    Great new jazz-just reviewed it too on my blog.

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