Matana Roberts

Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (Limited Edition) (666561014513)

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Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (Limited Edition)

Matana Roberts



LPS 166776




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LP 24,78 €

Deluxe 180gram LP

jacket printed on uncoated 20pt/400gsm paperboard


Matana Roberts returns with the fourth chapter of her extraordinary Coin Coin series — a project that has deservedly garnered the highest praise and widespread critical acclaim for its fierce aesthetic originality and unflinching narrative power.

The first three Coin Coin albums, issued from 2011-2015, charted diverse pathways of modern/avant composition — Roberts calls it “panoramic sound quilting”—and ranged sequentially from large band to sextet to solo, unified by Roberts’ archival and often deeply personal research into legacies of the American slave trade and ancestries of American identity/experience.

Roberts also emphasizes non-male subjects and thematizes these other-gendered stories with a range of vocal and verbal techniques: singspeak, submerged glossolalic recitation, guttural cathartic howl, operatic voice, gentle lullaby, group chant, and the recuperation of various American folk traditionals and spirituals, whether surfacing in fragmentary fashion or as unabridged set-pieces. The root of this vocality comes from her dedication to the legacy of her main chosen instrument, the alto saxophone.


  • Matana Roberts (alto sax, clarinet, vocal)
  • Hannah Marcus (electric guitar, string guitar, accordion, vocal)
  • Sam Shalabi (electric guitar, oud, vocal)
  • Nicolas Caloia (double bass, vocal)
  • Ryan Sawyer (drumset, vibraphone, jaw harp, bells, vocal)
  • Steve Swell (trombone, vocal)
  • Ryan White (vibraphone)
  • Thierry Amar (vocal)
  • Nadia Moss (vocal)
  • Jessica Moss (vocal)


  • SIDE A
  • A1. Jewels Of The Sky: Inscription
  • A2. As Far As Eyes Can See
  • A3. Trail Of The Smiling Sphinx
  • A4. Piddling
  • A5. Shoes Of Gold
  • A6. Wild Fire Bare
  • SIDE B
  • B1. Fit To Be Tied
  • B2. Her Mighty Waters Run
  • B3. All Things Beautiful
  • B4. In The Fold
  • B5. Raise Yourself Up
  • B6. Backbone Once More
  • B7. How Bright They Shine