Matana Roberts' Genealogy of Jazz
Morgan, Frances, In These Times
COIN COIN, A series of musical works by Chicago-born saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts, explores the genealogy of Roberts' own family, and in the process addresses African- American history from slavery to the present day. Chapter One of the work, released on Constellation Records this year and subtitled "Gens de Couleur Libres" ("Free People of Color"), is a 2010 live recording taken from a concert in Montreal in which Roberts plays alto sax and directs a i5-piece band. She also provides spoken, sung and sometimes screamed vocals, in which she narrates the stories of, and sometimes becomes, characters including Coin Coin, the name of 18th-century freed slave Marie Thérèse Coincoin, …
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Publication information: Article title: Matana Roberts' Genealogy of Jazz. Contributors: Morgan, Frances - Author. Magazine title: In These Times. Volume: 35. Issue: 12 Publication date: December 2011. Page number: 40+. © Institute for Public Affairs, Inc. Mar 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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