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Angelica Sanchez/ Wadada Leo Smith: Twine Forest (2013)

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As the saying goes, "It takes two to tango." It certainly does, and it also takes two to make beautiful music together. Pianist Angelica Sanchez and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
b.1941
trumpet
produce abundant beauty from Sanchez' compositions on Twine Forest.

Smith's recordings have ranged from large ensemble work— Silver Orchestra, Organic, and his electric-Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
tribute band with Henry Kaiser
Henry Kaiser
Henry Kaiser
b.1952
guitar, electric
Yo Miles!—to intimate duos with Louis Moholo-Moholo Ancestors (TUM, 2013), Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
b.1942
drums
America (Tzadik, 2009), Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
b.1945
reeds
Organic Resonance (Pi Recordings, 2003), and Ed Blackwell
Ed Blackwell
Ed Blackwell
1929 - 1992
drums
The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer (Kabell, 2010).

With Sanchez, Wadada is again exploring the trumpet innovations of Miles Davis by grabbing clumps of Davis' lyricism from his work with Gil Evans
Gil Evans
Gil Evans
1912 - 1988
composer/conductor
and filtering it through the minimal approach of his late 60's work.

It has also been said that it takes two wings to fly. Sanchez' music here, with its block chords and percussive attack, urges Smith to soar. "Retinal Sand" opens with spitting trumpet notes and the piano's insides exorcised into a drum kit. The trumpet responds with growling notes and eventually a piano/trumpet conversation. Sanchez displays a willful brawn here, battering a blues line on "Echolocation" that evolves into her piano mimicking the sound of a plucked bass.

Sanchez' technique is a perfect complement to Smith's vocalized trumpet. Whether he is playing with a muted horn, as on "Veinular Rub," or with an open bell for "In The Falls Of...," his articulations are simply conversational. He and Sanchez are involved in an intimate tête- à-tête. Marvin Gaye's words sum it up the best, "One can wish upon a star/Two can make that wish come true, yeah/One can stand alone in the dark/Two can make the light shine through."

Track Listing: Cones Of Chrome; Veinular Rub; Retinal Sand; Echolocation; Light Black Birds; Twine Forest; In The Falls Of…; Ultimate Causes.

Personnel: Angelica Sanchez: piano; Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet.

Record Label: Clean Feed Records


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