George Coleman – A Master Speaks CD


1. Invitation
2. The Shadow of Your Smile
3. Blues for B.B. (feat. Peter Bernstein)
4. Blondie’s Waltz
5. You’ll Never Know What You Mean To Me
6. Darn That Dream
7. Sonny’s Playground
8. These Foolish Things
9. Time to Get Down

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“This is his first solo album in 20 years and proves that, at 80, he’s still one of the most fluent and inventive tenor saxophonists around.”
— Dave Gelly, The Guardian, 10 April 2016

“Truer words couldn’t be found for the title of this album by tenor saxist George Coleman…You can feel the authoritative history of modern jazz behind each note and phrase.”
— George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly, 16 June 2016


Legendary saxophonist George Coleman’s A MASTER SPEAKS communicates both wisdom and wonder informed by Coleman’s half-century in music. At 80 years old, Coleman sounds, as ever, both vital and timeless. He’s obviously invigorated by the deep sense of swing and classic hard-bop feel of the quartet he’s assembled.

A MASTER SPEAKS is Coleman’s first release as a leader in nearly 20 years and first recording since the 2002 all-star live tribute album FOUR GENERATIONS OF MILES. The rarity of the session is remarkable in itself; even more special is the fact that it grew out of a desire shared by Coleman and his son, drummer George Coleman Jr., to finally record together. They’re joined by a stellar band featuring pianist Mike LeDonne and bassist Bob Cranshaw, with guitarist Peter Bernstein making a special guest appearance.

A man of few words, Coleman nonetheless conveys his thoughts with unparalleled eloquence when he speaks through his instrument, as profoundly evidenced by the nine tracks on A MASTER SPEAKS, his long-overdue return to the studio.

released April 8, 2016

George Coleman – tenor saxophone
Mike LeDonne – piano
Bob Cranshaw – bass
George Coleman, Jr. – drums

Peter Bernstein – guitar on “Blues for B.B.”

Recorded Live November 24, 2015
at Sear Sound, Studio C, New York City

Produced by Paul Stache
Co-Produced by Eric Alexander
Associate Producer: Damon Smith
Recorded by Chris Allen
Studio Assistant: Grant Valentine
Mixed by Roman Klun & Paul Stache
Mastered by Roman Klun
Photography by John Abbott
Inside Photo by Dave Kaufman
Liner Notes Editing by Damon Smith
Design by Damon Smith & Paul Stache

Mike LeDonne appears courtesy of Savant Records

Executive Producers: Frank Christopher & Paul Stache

Weight 0.33 lbs