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Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: Tabligh

Read "Tabligh" reviewed by Nic Jones

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has always carved out his own territory in the music and Tabligh is one of the best realizations of his work on record. Working with this trumpet/keyboards/bass/drums quartet format for some time now, this set captures in true splendor how constructively that time has been spent.

The band is alert to every ...

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Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: Tabligh

Read "Tabligh" reviewed by Troy Collins

From his seminal days in the late sixties as co-founder of the Creative Construction Company with fellow AACM members Leroy Jenkins and Anthony Braxton to his ethno-musical investigations with his Nda-Kulture ensemble, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has explored a dizzying array of musical genres and styles. His most recent projects have paid tribute to the early ...

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Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: Tabligh

Read "Tabligh" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet is an evolving ensemble. The original line-up had Anthony Davis (piano), Jack DeJohnette (drums) and Malachi Favors Magoustos (bass). Then came Woody Aplanalp (guitar), Famoudou Don Moye (drums) and John Lindberg (drums). Smith had changed the line-up to give shape to his music. The current edition of the quartet retains ...

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Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: Tabligh

Read "Tabligh" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Wadada Leo Smith's first Golden Quartet record came as a happy surprise during a burst of activity. The five albums he released on Tzadik from 1999 to 2002 focused largely on his beautifully serene, long-form compositions. But 2000's Golden Quartet seemed to mark not just a new standing band for the trumpeter but an exciting new ...

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Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: Tabligh

Read "Tabligh" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

For Tabligh, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has reassembled a Golden Quartet to blow, very Miles Davis-like, on a follow-up recording to Year of the Elephant (Pi Recordings, 2002). But the lineup, excepting the leader, has changed.

The sound is, in part, an exploration of Miles' electric period, from 1969-75, albeit in a sparer mode--a rhythm ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: An Exciting Half of the Golden Quartet

Read "Wadada Leo Smith: An Exciting Half of the Golden Quartet" reviewed by Erik R. Quick

I can't help but wonder how potential concert consumers choose whether or not to attend an artistic event. Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presented the latest edition of his Golden Quartet on a recent Thursday evening at the prestigious Merkin Concert Hall of the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center in Manhattan. On the following Saturday, the New York ...

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Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: The Year of the Elephant

Read "The Year of the Elephant" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith put out a CD entitled Yo Miles! a couple of years back, so his debt to the Dark Prince, Miles Davis, is no secret. On this, The Year of the Elephant, his second CD with his Golden Quartet, Mile's influence, especially the sound of the late sixties through late seventies, pervades. In ...

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Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: The Year Of The Elephant

Read "The Year Of The Elephant" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The aptly named Golden Quartet is either dubbed for the golden years of these four jazzmen, or perhaps it is the simple musical lines they have spun into an alloy of precious sound.

The quartet’s impressive resume is beyond doubt. Wadada Leo Smith was a member of Chicago’s AACM and bands of Anthony Braxton ...