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Steve Coleman & Five Elements

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The veteran alto player’s intricate grooves play hopscotch through your cranium, making skips and leaps to points that previously seemed impossible to connect. On stage his band is ridiculously tight and enjoying all the kinetic advantages of deep teamwork. With titles like “Cardiovascular” and “Cerebellum Lean,” last year’s Functional Arrhythmias had been clearly inspired by body rhythms. Steeped in the power of idiosyncrasy, Coleman and his crew always dodge any cliché that comes their way – no wonder he’s become one of the scene’s most influential presences.

Fri., March 28, 9 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., March 29, 9 & 10 p.m., 2014

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