Label: Pi Recordings
This often sounds like classic Steve Coleman. Gone are the (exciting) vocals that graced his last two albums. Veterans of past bands, like Anthony Tidd (bass) and Sean Rickman (drums), return, making this a sharp showcase for the composer's skewed funk forms. But that doesn't mean this album -- with a title that advertises off-kilter heartbeats as useful rhythms -- doesn't have any innovations: Miles Okazaki brings fine guitar work to six tunes (see "Cardiovascular" and "Adrenal, Got Ghost"); young-gun trumpet star Jonathan Finlayson returns to parry expertly with Coleman's alto throughout.