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Content by tag "Wadada Leo Smith"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Wadada Leo Smith has been on an amazingly productive streak the last few years, creating ambitious work for all kinds of configurations, large orchestras, string ensembles, quartets, duos and solo. About the only format he hadn't explored lately was the dense electronic jazz-rock he's played in the past with his groups Organic and Yo! Miles. With ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk

Read "Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk" reviewed by John Sharpe

In the hundredth anniversary year of Thelonious Monk's birth, there won't be many better or more heartfelt tributes than this solo recital by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. In an astonishing late career flowering Smith has released a string of stupendous recordings for everything from large ensembles to intimate duets, with his monumental Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Bindman Sextet: Ten Billion Versions of Reality

Read "Ten Billion Versions of Reality" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Saxophonist David Bindman reconvenes the ensemble that created Sunset Park Polyphony (Self Produced, 2012) for the eclectic Ten Billion Versions of Reality. Bindman had spent parts of two recent years in the upstate New York town of Cambridge, developing a suite that is meant to weave together varying perspectives across multiple sound surfaces. The title, in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy

Read "Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy" reviewed by Luca Canini

In 1988 Bill Laswell produced Iggy Pop's album Instinct. Back then, little he could have known that, almost thirty years later, he would have been instrumental in facilitating the iconic singer's first foray in the Jazz world. Loneliness Road (RareNoiseRecords) documents the latest incarnation of James Newell Osterberg Junior, the front man of proto-punk band The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joey Alexander: Joey.Monk.Live!

Read "Joey.Monk.Live!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The late Thelonious Monk is most certainly the toast of the town these days. With the High Priest of Bop's centennial upon us, he's being saluted from all corners of the jazz world. Pianist John Beasley is leading the charge on the big band front with his MONK'estra, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is reflecting on the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk

Read "Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Wadada Leo Smith comes to the music of Thelonious Monk from a childhood admiration of the artist. As a pre-teen he was already playing trumpet and composing and instinctively knew that Monk's understanding of music and sound would influence his own creativity. Smith believes that the quintessence of Monk can best be found in his solo ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's introductory liner notes to Najwa begin with Muddy Waters, so we'll begin there, too.

Wadada Leo Smith was born in 1941, in Leland, Mississippi, around the time Alan Lomax showed up down in Clarksdale, Miss., to record--among many others--McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters. The Lomax field recordings of Waters and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Satoko Fujii, Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura, Ikue Mori: Aspiration

Read "Aspiration" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quattro pezzi di Satoko Fujii, uno di Natsuki Tamura e un'improvvisazione collettiva compongono questo album, riferibile in primo luogo alla pianista, ma che prosegue al tempo stesso la serie di produzioni discografiche della coppia Fujii/Tamura (che come molti sapranno sono moglie e marito), in questi ultimi anni particolarmente trafficata, con esiti non sempre all'altezza di quanto ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Piotr Turkiewicz: Putting Wroclaw On The Jazz Map

Read "Piotr Turkiewicz: Putting Wroclaw On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

At just thirty seven years of age it's hard to believe that Piotr Turkiewicz has been pulling the strings of Jazztopad for almost a decade already. The festival, staged each November in the Polish city of Wroclaw, was already a few years old when Turkiewicz became Artistic Director in 2008, but under the canny stewardship of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Live From The New Stone School: Brandon Ross, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell & Susie Ibarra

Read "Live From The New Stone School: Brandon Ross, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell & Susie Ibarra" reviewed by Martin Longley

Phantom Station
The Stone at The New School
June 17, 2017

The Stone is pulling its shutters down for the last time, come the close of 2017. John Zorn's excellent Alphabet City corner venue has spent 12 years being an uncompromising centre for questioning music, but its mastermind has now ...


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