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Wadada Leo Smith, The Red Microphone & Clean Feed Releases

Read "Wadada Leo Smith, The Red Microphone & Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Trumpet master and composer Wadada Leo Smith continues to produce astonishing original music. Zeroing in on the age of 80 seems to have no impact. There are two new releases from the Finnish Tum label to show Smith's creativity: Sacred Ceremonies with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves and the other a solo set. Some of Clean Feed Records' latest batch of new releases are sampled--the interesting Red Microphone from New York drops only its second album, And I Become Of ...

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Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: Trumpet

Read "Trumpet" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In a half-century of recording, he has never stopped exploring the parameters of the form and instrument. Listening to composer/trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is demanding but rewarding. His inspirations are classical in the small 'c' sense: the AACM, Persian music, August Wilson, Stravinsky, spirituals, and so on. Before the masses woke, Smith's music had incorporated political, cultural, spiritual, and environmental awareness. The elder statesman of new music continues his prolific output with TUM Records box sets for the first half ...

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Multiple Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell, and Milford Graves: Sacred Ceremonies & Trumpet

Read "Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell, and Milford Graves: Sacred Ceremonies & Trumpet" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


The 1960's and '70s held such promise, but many artists settle for what is handed down. Two new box sets featuring Wadada Leo Smith with Bill Laswell and Milford Graves show three visionaries willing to build on those promises without compromise. Wadada Leo Smith with MIlford Graves and Bill Laswell Sacred Ceremonies TUM Records 2021 Recorded in three days during three separate sessions at Laswell's West Orange, New Jersey studio in the foreboding ...

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Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith with Milford Graves and Bill Laswell: Sacred Ceremonies

Read "Sacred Ceremonies" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


As he approached his eightieth birthday, Wadada Leo Smith could have been content to sit out the year of nothingness that Covid-19 brought in 2020 and beyond. With his 2013 Pulitzer Prize nomination, a 2016 Doris Duke Award, and nearly one-hundred recording credits, the trumpeter & multi-instrumentalist has landed at the top of countless polls throughout his distinguished career. But, stepping away from the music, if only for a brief respite, is not part of the improviser's plan so, in ...

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Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed & Benoit Delbecq

Read "Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed & Benoit Delbecq" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The lineup for this edition of OMJ is like a menu in an ice cream shop: so many flavours to choose from. The AACM is alive and well in the excellent new release for Astral Spirits by Wadada Leo Smith, Douglas R. Ewart & Mike Reed, power guitar from Slovenia's Samo Salamon with a French quartet, prepared piano from Benoit Delbecq, Jorma Tapio and Rolling Thunder from Finland, and the Zoom-session created Some Kind Of Tomorrow by Jane Ira Bloom ...

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History of Jazz

Leo Smith and New Dalta Ahkri

Read "Leo Smith and New Dalta Ahkri" reviewed by Daniel Barbiero


Coming to New England: Emerson, Ives and Brown When trumpeter/composer Leo Smith returned to the United States after having spent 1969-1970 in Europe, he settled not in New York, as most jazz musicians might be expected to do, or even in jny: Chicago, where he'd spent a fruitful several years in the 1960s. Instead, he chose to settle in jny: New Haven, Connecticut.New Haven at the time was, as it largely still is, an economically straitened, post-industrial college ...

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Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith / Sabu Toyozumi: Burning Meditation

Read "Burning Meditation" reviewed by John Sharpe


The Japanese concept of ma—a celebration of the space between things—is one to which trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith can readily subscribe. Space and silence are as important as sound in his conception. The weight given to the pauses between phrases stands out on this live recording from 1994 with Japanese drummer Sabu Toyozumi, which forms another winning installment in the Chap Chap series of archival recordings from Japan which see the light of day thanks to licensing to the Lithuanian ...


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