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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by John Sharpe

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is no stranger to plugged-in performance. Like Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis, his musical systems prove just as applicable to electronic as to all-acoustic environments. Indeed one of Smith's earliest such immersions was Yo Miles! inspired by Miles' 1970s guitar shredding bands. Multiple electric strings have also formed an integral part of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival, Days 3-5: New York City, NY, June 13-15, 2012

Read "Vision Festival, Days 3-5: New York City, NY, June 13-15, 2012" reviewed by John Sharpe

Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 | Days 6-7
17th Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
Brooklyn, NY

June 11-17, 2012

Wednesday night at the Vision Festival was given over to the celebration of a lifetime of achievement by multi-instrumentalist, Joe McPhee, a deserving and popular choice. In presenting him with the envelope (presumably holding a check), ...

Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers

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Wadada Leo Smith

Ten Freedom Summers

Cuneiform Records

2012

Without doubt Ten Freedom Summers is the crowning achievement of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's distinguished career to date. Years in the making, the complete sequence of 19 songs, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, was recorded live at Los Angeles' Red Cat club ...

Michael Gregory Jackson: Clarity

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Michael Gregory Jackson
Clarity
ESP-Disk
2010 (1976)

In the musical climate of 2010, the fact that a diverse range of musical styles and approaches can be combined is something often taken for granted. Creative music has long recombined musics from various non-Western sources as well as jazz and Western art ...

Wadada Leo Smith: Spirit Catcher

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Wadada Leo Smith
Spirit Catcher
Nessa Records
2009



Certainly, composition in jazz has gone well beyond head arrangements that bracket solos and group playing--sometimes approaching areas that sound so open as to seem free-form. Multi-instrumentalist, trumpeter and composer Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith is one of a number of ...