If George Coleman's discography reads like a list of who's who in contemporary blues and jazz - Ray Charles, BB King, Ahmad Jamal, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker, Jimmy Smith, Elvin Jones - it's because he's steered the sound and left his throaty, sweet line on 60 years of music history. But it is his muscular, lyric voicing, his soulful technique and the imaginative reach of his improvisation that's set him apart from the best of sax players. Switching from alto to tenor in his early years, Coleman became a member of Miles' now-famous Seven Steps to Heaven band with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams and has gone on to record 11 albums as a leader.
Self-taught and inspired by Charlie Parker, Coleman won the International Jazz Critics Poll and Life Achievement Award from the Jazz Foundation of America. Coleman's music is amongst finest our country has produced - elegant, deep-hearted, soaring. Amsterdam After Dark (1976) is perhaps his seminal album as a leader. Sweet Missy (2008), a limited release CD which features George in a family setting. A website, www.anotherkindofsoulthemovie.com , has some rare footage, live interviews and a documentary honoring his genius. Thank you, George, for the decades of great music.
George Coleman was our Fall 2013 featured artist and we have sold out of our seasonal supply of his CDs, but you can purchase direct from his label. For more info, click here.