Synovial Joints is the most ambitious project of Coleman s 30+ year career, featuring 21 musicians from the jazz, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and contemporary classical circles on horns, woodwinds, piano, vocals, percussion and strings. The music is based on the physiological processes, functions and rhythms of the human body, in particular the musculoskeletal system. Coleman also explores an orchestration technique inspired by sounds that he recorded in the Amazon Rainforest, in which instrumental colors move gradually from foreground to background, much as the variety of layered sounds reveal themselves in the rainforest.
Steve Coleman's achievement in creating a musical environment for serious improvising that sets aside acoustic, swing-based rhythms for electric, funk-influenced ones that don't fall prey to repetitive fusion formulas is one of the great creative accomplishments in jazz over the last 20 years. The Tao of Mad Phat, recorded live in the studio before a small invited audience in an attempt to capture the looseness and ambience of the Five Elements' live performances, may be the ideal entry point to sampling that criminally underrated feat.
This is the 7th proper studio album from Newman, not including the "Best Of" - Decade. The debut Newman album came out 18 years ago and Steve has definitely honed his craft to create his best work to date. Its British melodic Rock at its finest, full of hooks, huge melodies and some killer musicianship. … simply stunning "The Art Of Balance"!
The Cost of Redemption - Training for the 2003 Mr. Olympia Mitsuru Okabe once again films Ronnie Coleman, this time in August 2003 during his off-season preparations for the 2003 I FBB Mr. Olympia. The Cost of Redemption includes four days featuring his whole-body workouts. Massive Ronnie's workouts include 160 lbs Dumbbell shoulder presses, 800 lbs Squats, 2,250+ lbs Leg Presses, 495 lbs Bench Presses, 75 lbs Alternate Curls and more!! 310 lbs Massive body Mega-off-season-workouts!! In addition, join Ronnie as he prepares his meals and all important nutrition to fuel the Big Nasty's workouts!