Recording information: Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY (03/28/2007/04/10/2007).
Jazz saxophonist and M-Base figurehead Steve Coleman has dipped his stylistic fingers into everything from funk to free jazz to West African influences. INVISIBLE PATHS: FIRST SCATTERING (2007) finds Coleman performing unadorned. The 16 solo saxophone pieces that comprise the disc veer from frenetic flutter to sweet lyrical sweep. Titles like "Shift," "Embodiment," and "Clouds" hint at the abstract, poetic nature of the performances, which owe a good deal to the exploratory nature of free jazz improvising, but without that genre's occasional tendency to alienate.