Extraordinary alto saxophonist, composer, improviser and sound experimentalist Matana Roberts has to date released three instalments from her ongoing experimental project Coin Coin, 2011’s Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres, 2013’s Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile and lastly Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee, released in 2015. But she had previously said that the project was far from finished, promising another 10 chapters. Four years on from the last Coin Coin release, a new instalment is on the way, Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis, releasing on October 18th through Constellation. “Roberts deftly weaves a sonic tapestry of African-American ethnography and history with strands of jazz, blues, free improv, afro-futurism, traditionals, spoken word and avant-garde composition”, describes the label, “always guided by her powerfully personal/universal narratives and wholehearted, singular artistic spirit.”
It’s still a long wait until the album is out but we can already hear a magnificent taste from it, “Raise Yourself Up” / “Backbone Once More” / “How Bright They Shine”. Here it is.