Wadada Leo Smith: Fire IlluminationsBy
And so blazes Fire Illuminations, Smith's latest daredevil encounter in the cauldron of fiery free jazz composition. Concurring absolutely with Smith's visionary reach into the unknown, the players assembled herenow known collectively as Orange Wave Electricbring their sense of the same to the vast potential. There is no margin here, nor should there be. So "Muhammad Ali's Spiritual Horizon" features only Smith, guitarist Lamar Smith and the full rhythm section dodging and driving like Ali himself in the ring. That same line-up fuels Smith's cutting clarion-yowl on "Fire Illuminations Inside the Particles of Light" a disparately evolving metaphor for the power of fire in all our lives.
Brimming with soaring accolades from Smith, "Tony Williams" becomes another of the trumpeter's heartfelt tributes to the incomparable rhythm storms of Tony Williams. Fully employing the sonic sensibilities of the whole unit, the piece unfolds with an episodic rush and rancor, holding tight to form then obliterating it all together. Pared down to the white hot turn-on-a-dime quintet of Smith, Laswell, Cline, Gibbs, and aKlaff, "Muhammad Ali and George Foreman Rumble in Zaire Africa" roils with a rock fire energy which many contemporary rock'n'rollers should take notice of and learn a lot from. Another vital recording in Smith's vital late day career.
Ntozake; Muhammed Ali's Spiritual Horizon; Fire Illuminations Inside Light Particles; Tony Williams; Muhammed Ali and George Foreman's Rumble in Zaire Africa.
Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet; Nels Cline: guitar, electric; Brandon Ross: guitar; Lamar Smith: guitar, electric; Bill Laswell: bass; Melvin Gibbs: bass, electric; Mauro Refosco: percussion; Pheeroan AkLaff: drums; Hardedge: electronics.
Nels Cline: electric guitar (1, 4, 5); Brandon Ross: electric guitar (1, 4); Lamar Smith: electric guitar (1-4); Mauro Refosco: percussion (1-3); Hardedge: electronics: 1, 4).
Title: Fire Illuminations | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: Kabell Records
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