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The Chicago Symphonies

Label: TUM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1: Movement 1: Light Fields and Circles: Amina Claudine Myers; Voices. Movement 2: Joyful, Sound and the Numbers; People: The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Movement 3: Pastoral: Joseph Jarman, As If It Were the Season of Seasons; Sherry Scott, Voice; Thurman Baker, Charlie Clark and Christopher Giddy. Movement 4: Creative Music; West End Blues and the Sonic Wealth Bird: Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Lil Hardin and Baby Dodds. Movement 5: Star-Fields: The Secretary, John S. Jackson. Disc 2: Movement 1: The Rare Air Songs In Sonic Forms and Metrical Folding: Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall and Fred Hopkins. Movement 2: Chicago: Culture, Creativity and the Artistic Passion; A Profile of the Next Generations. Movement 3: Muhal Richard Abrams: Levels and Degrees of the Light Spectrums; A New Culture: The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Movement 4: Jack DeJohnette: A Special Edition, New Directions and the Sonic Rhythm Units. Disc 3: Movement 1: For Alto; In the Orchestra: nJM 488; Anthony Braxton: Operas. Movement 2: Leroy Jenkins Mixed Quintet Sonics: Dance Opera. Movement 3: Heliocentric Sun Ra Energy and Particles of Light. Movement 4: Jupiter Skies: Kelan Phil Cochran and the Chicago Kulture. Movement 5: Scented Yellow and Red Chrysanthemums; Wadada Leo Smith: The Bell In Silence Resonants and Ten Freedom Summers. Disc 4: Movement 1: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America. Movement 2: Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg: Two Seven Two, 1863. Movement 3: The Visionaries, Abraham Lincoln and Barack Hussein Obama. Movement 4. Barack Hussein Obama at Selma: the Bridge of Transformation. Movement 5: Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America.

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith's Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies

Read "The Chicago Symphonies" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The prolific virtuoso Wadada Leo Smith gave us two TUM Records box sets in the first half of 2021 and will end the year with two more, including the very ambitious The Chicago Symphonies. The four-disc collection features the trumpeter/composer's Great Lakes Quartet with saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill, bassist John Lindberg and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The final ...


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