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Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo are grand old men in the annals of adventurous jazz, having played in a dizzying variety of settings through more than five decades. More to the point, both have amply shown a capacity for nuanced playing in demanding, interactive improvisational formats. An intimate duet performance by the pair, ...

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Wadada Leo Smith - Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Mai titolo fu più centrato di questo: ancestrale, storico e ampiamente storicizzato, è il ruolo giocato dai due protagonisti di questo bellissimo album nell'evolversi di un jazz di ricerca degli ultimi quarantacinque anni o giù di lì, e ancestrale è il tono stesso del disco, con quel misto di solennità e ritualismo che magistralmente si addice ...

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Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The title of this remarkable album says it all. American trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo are two forefathers of modern jazz, innovative musicians who redefined the practices of their instruments and the connections between the Afro-American, African and European jazz legacies-- creative composers and esteemed bandleaders for nearly five decades and ...

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Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Theology of the Body is an integrated vision of the human person as body, soul, and spirit. Attending the church of jazz, this amalgamation can be best illustrated+ with improvisation and, if so, this duo of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo is a sacred meeting.

Following the previous releases of Smith's ...

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Wadada Leo Smith / Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by John Sharpe

There is a natural fit between drums and trumpet. It stretches back all the way into prehistory, with the shamanistic combination of animal horns and percussive devices, persisting up until the early twentieth century in military drum and bugle corps who passed signals and directed troop movement. That synergy continues to bear artistic fruit to the ...

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Royal Hartigan: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On paper, combining the musical influences of West Africa, America and Asia can appear a bit overwhelming. That's not the case at all on Royal Hartigan's Ancestors. The pianist/percussionist's trilogy--Blood Drum Spirit (Innova, 2004), Blood Drum Spirit Live in China (Innov a, 2008), and now Ancestors--reflects a universal viewpoint without being neatly categorized as world music. ...

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Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by Nic Jones

This is bassist Mario Pavone's second release of 2008 and it's every bit as strong as the earlier Trio Arc, also on Playscape. In marked contrast to the piano trio featured there, the quintet fronted by two tenor saxophones here is a more heated, volatile affair. The resulting contrast is as good an example as any ...

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Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by Troy Collins

Ancestors marks the debut of bassist Mario Pavone's Double Tenor Quintet. A tireless bandleader and endlessly resourceful composer, Pavone's nineteenth release as a leader is his tenth recording for guitarist Michael Musillami's Playscape label. Dedicated to iconic masters Andrew Hill and Dewey Redman, Pavone pays homage to their legacies with a robust, unflagging set rich in ...

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Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It might be cliche to say that the recording Ancestors by Mario Pavone's Double Tenor Quintet has caught lightning in a bottle, but this is indeed a potent feat of extraordinary music making. The bassist/leader became famous as the primary accompanist for the late saxophonist Thomas Chapin. In the ten years since Chapin's death in 1998, ...