M-BASE [Macro Basic Array of Structured Extemporizations]
- Matthew D. Clayton II
[Macro Basic Array of Structured Extemporizations]
A jazz-based approach to music that incorporates funk, hip hop, and world music and was created in 1985 by a group of musicians based in Brooklyn, New York, known as the M-BASE collective. M-BASE is defined, somewhat reductively, as a large group of musicians (the collective) creating musical structures in which to improvise. The M-BASE collective was founded by the saxophonists Steve Coleman and Greg Osby, the vocalist Cassandra Wilson, the pianist Geri Allen, the trombonist Robin Eubanks, the trumpeter Graham Haynes, the drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and a supporting cast of other musicians.
The collective developed a version of electric jazz fusion that privileged metric and melodic complexity and a highly intellectual approach to music. It was directly inspired by the drum chants and logic of the drummer Doug Hammond, who was a major influence on Coleman. The group released only one album, Anatomy of a Groove...