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The Tao of Mad Phat

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The Tao of Mad Phat
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Studio album by Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Released 1993 (1993)
Recorded May 6, 7, & 23, 1993
Studio Brooklyn, New York
Genre Jazz
Length 75:48
Label Novus
Producer Steve Coleman
Steve Coleman chronology
Drop Kick
The Tao of Mad Phat
A Tale of 3 Cities

The Tao of Mad Phat (subtitled "Fringe Zones") is an album by saxophonist Steve Coleman and his band Five Elements recorded in 1993 and released on the Novus label.[1]

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The Allmusic review by Don Snowden awarded the album 4½ stars, stating, "the very organic quality of the music on The Tao of Mad Phat is the true measure of how successfully Coleman and his collaborators have extended the tradition in innovative new directions grounded in modern rhythms".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing

All compositions by Steve Coleman except as indicated

  1. "The Tao of Mad Phat" – 15:29
  2. "Alt-Shift=Return" – 7:09
  3. "Collective Meditations I (Suite): Changing of the Guard" – 3:56
  4. "Collective Meditations I (Suite): Guards on the Train" – 3:06
  5. "Collective Meditations I (Suite): Relax Your Guard" – 0:36
  6. "Collective Meditations I (Suite): All the Guards There Are" – 2:10
  7. "Collective Meditations I (Suite): Enter the Rhythm (People)" – 4:04
  8. "Incantation" – 3:56
  9. "Laid Back Schematics" – 8:14
  10. "Polymaid Nomads" – 10:36
  11. "Little Girl on Fire" (Bunky Green/Steve Coleman) – 16:32



  1. ^ Steve Coleman discography, accessed July 22, 2014
  2. ^ a b Snowden, D., Allmusic Review accessed July 22, 2014
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