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Wadada Leo Smith's Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies

Read "The Chicago Symphonies" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The prolific virtuoso Wadada Leo Smith gave us two TUM Records box sets in the first half of 2021 and will end the year with two more, including the very ambitious The Chicago Symphonies. The four-disc collection features the trumpeter/composer's Great Lakes Quartet with saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill, bassist John Lindberg and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The final disc trades Threadgill for saxophonist Jonathon Haffner. Smith, who composed each of the movements, took his inspiration from Don Cherry 's Symphony ...

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John Lindberg: Western Edges

Read "Western Edges" reviewed by John Sharpe

Released simultaneously with Born In An Urban Ruin (Clean Feed, 2016), Western Edges reveals yet another facet of bassist John Lindberg's interest. The Raptor Trio reunites Lindberg with saxophonist Pablo Calogero, a comrade from NYC's loft jazz era, when both were 16 years old. Calogero, who was also involved in proto hiphop groups, has been little heard of on the jazz scene, apart from featuring on Lindberg's Trilogy Of Works For Eleven Instrumentalists (Black Saint, 1985). And on this showing ...

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John Lindberg BC3: Born in an Urban Ruin

Read "Born in an Urban Ruin" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Trio di squisita fisionomia cameristica, qui registrato nel maggio 2016, il BC3 di John Lindberg riporta sotto i riflettori il bassista del Michigan con un lavoro degno dei suoi migliori trascorsi. Già la conformazione clarinetto-vibrafono-contrabbasso denota quanto ci si avvicini a un'idea--appunto-- cameristica del fare jazz, non senza rimandare qua e là a colui che fu la massima autorità in materia, Jimmy Giuffre (anche se magari con un piano o una chitarra al posto del vibrafono). Già ...

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John Lindberg BC3: Born In An Urban Ruin

Read "Born In An Urban Ruin" reviewed by John Sharpe

Acclaimed bassist John Lindberg's trio on Born In An Urban Ruin possesses a distinctive and deeply personal sound in keeping with the man himself. That's down to both the novel instrumentation with long time associate Kevin Norton mostly on vibes and Michigan native Wendell Harrison on clarinets, and the character of Lindberg's writing. The essential humanity inspiring each piece is revealed in Lindberg's liners, but reinforced by their warmth, memorable hooks and multi-threaded nature which sidestep the potential for chamber ...

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John Lindberg Raptor Trio: Western Edges

Read "Western Edges" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Bassista dai gloriosi trascorsi (da Braxton allo String Trio, in primis), John Lindberg ha poi intrapreso una carriera di preferenza alla testa di propri gruppi (non meno di venticinque gli album a suo nome), rendendosi protagonista di lavori quasi sempre tutt'altro che trascurabili. Questo suo ultimo CD, appena uscito ma risalente come incisione all'aprile 2012, occupa tutto sommato un'area di mezzo, in cui una solidità di gruppo e un sicuro interplay non generano particolari colpi d'ala, concretizzandosi in un onestissimo ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks

Read "America's National Parks" reviewed by John Sharpe

While the title might conjure up a string of luminous tone poems, the reality of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's magisterial collection goes far beyond that. In fact Smith's notion of a national park encompasses not only the iconic landscapes, but also literary and cultural features. In any case as he explains, he draws his inspiration from the spiritual and psychological dimensions of a specific event or a place, rather than taking a straightforward programmatic approach. The result is Smith's most ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks

Read "America's National Parks" reviewed by Troy Collins

2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. In honor of this auspicious occasion, celebrated trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith composed a titular six-part suite for the Golden Quintet, an augmented version of his long-running flagship quartet. Rather than simply attempting to transpose scenic vistas and natural grandeur into pure sound, Smith explains in the liner notes that he is more interested in the parks as an idea--one with socio-political overtones--hence the inclusion of tributes to the city ...


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