Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors (2012)

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Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors
The Theology of the Body is an integrated vision of the human person as body, soul, and spirit. Attending the church of jazz, this amalgamation can be best illustrated+ with improvisation and, if so, this duo of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
b.1941
trumpet
and drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo is a sacred meeting.

Following the previous releases of Smith's duos with drummers Gunter Baby Sommer on Wisdom In Time (Intakt, 2007), Adam Rudolph
Adam Rudolph
Adam Rudolph
b.1955
percussion
on Compassion (Meta/Kabell, 2006), Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
b.1942
drums
with America (Tzadik, 2007) and Ed Blackwell
Ed Blackwell
Ed Blackwell
1929 - 1992
drums
(from 1986) on The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer (Kabell, 2010), this current 2011 session invokes the spirit of the glorified body.

Together, Smith and Moholo-Moholo meld into one, the trumpet often imitating the human voice and, for the heartbeat, the drums.

Both musicians, comfortable in large ensemble settings, excel here in these intimate surroundings. Smith composed two tracks to Moholo-Moholo's one, with two improvisations rounding out the session. Are the drums influenced by Moholo- Moholo's South African roots? Certainly. He keeps a constant heartbeat pulse throughout, centering this recording on the humane, with compassionate strokes. This isn't a competition between the pair, it's more of an affaire de cœur.

The ease of the opening "Moholo-Moholo/Golden Spirit," a leisurely stroll with muted trumpet and bass drum, gives way to the snappy snare rolls of "No Name In The Street, James Baldwin," with Smith blurting and blatting exclamatory statements into the air. Where others might utilize the tug of trading notes, these two simply build upon each other's sound. The drummer's "Siholaro" rumbles as thunder while Smith is at his most lyrical. The highlight of this disc is the five-part, 25-minute improvisation, "Ancestors." Begun with chimes and shakers, the piece transmogrifies into a spoken homage to jazz masters, from saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
to drummer Han Bennink
Han Bennink
Han Bennink
b.1942
drums
.

The duo of Wadada Leo Smith and Louis Moholo-Moholo creates a warmhearted session that doesn't spare the beautiful.

Track Listing: Moholo-Moholo/Golden Spirit; No Name In The Street, James Baldwin; Jackson Pollack - Action; Siholaro; Ancestors.

Personnel: Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet, percussion; Louis Moholo-Moholo: drums, percussion, voice.

Record Label: TUM Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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