Morphogenesis (album)

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Morphogenesis Steve Coleman cover.jpg
Studio album by Steve Coleman
Released 2017
Recorded September 23–25, 2016
Studio Systems Two, Brooklyn
Genre Jazz
Length 60:34
Label Pi Recordings
Producer Steve Coleman
Steve Coleman chronology
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Morphogenesis is an album by American jazz saxophonist Steve Coleman, which was recorded in 2016 and released on Pi Recordings.


The band Natal Eclipse, assembled specifically for the project, includes musicians who have long been in Coleman's circle: trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, vocalist Jen Shyu, and tenor saxophonist Maria Grand. They are joined by pianist Matt Mitchell and some musicians who typically perform in a classical music context: clarinetist Rane Moore, violinist Kristin Lee, bassist Greg Chudzik, and percusionist Neeraj Mehta.[1] Most of the compositions are inspired by movements in boxing.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat5/5 stars[3]

The Down Beat review by James Hale states, "Morphogenesis sounds like another high point in the leader's ongoing journey to create his own language."[3]

The PopMatters review by Will Layman notes, "The remarkable strength of Steve Coleman's recent work is that he has found a way to make his music more complex, more diverse, and more appealing all at once."[4]

The Point of Departure review by Troy Collins states, "More so than many of his recent efforts, Morphogenesis stands as a key document in the development of Coleman's compositional progress."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All Compositions by Steve Coleman

  1. "Inside Game" – 9:35
  2. "Pull Counter" – 5:18
  3. "Roll Under and Angles" – 4:31
  4. "NOH" – 4:39
  5. "Morphing" – 14:08
  6. "Shoulder Roll" – 5:10
  7. "SPAN" – 3:45
  8. "Dancing and Jabbing" – 6:58
  9. "Horda" – 6:30



  1. ^ Morphogenesis on Pi Recordings
  2. ^ On Steve Coleman's 'Morphogenesis,' Art Becomes Sport on NPR
  3. ^ a b Hale, James. Morphogenesis review. Down Beat September 17: page 62. Print.
  4. ^ Layman, Will. Morphogenesis review at PopMatters
  5. ^ Collins, Troy. Morphogenesis review at Point of Departure