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Wadada Leo Smith / Ed Blackwell: The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer

Read "The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Since the Ornette Coleman Quartet's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic, 1959), the trumpet's historical bar in creative music has been set in great part by Don Cherry. Not that Cherry's way was the only way and, in fact, the work of Bill Dixon, Donald Ayler, Lester Bowie, and a few others certainly paved significant ...

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Wadada Leo Smith / Ed Blackwell: The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer

Read "The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer is a set full of brash, in-your-face spontaneity, which is a meeting of expectations when the musicians at hand are trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Wadada Leo Smith and the late drummer, Ed Blackwell. Smith's contribution to the free jazz cannon stretches back to his days with Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians ...