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Wadada Leo Smith

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ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet-player, multi- instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in the creative contemporary world music for over thirty years. His theory of Jazz and World music was significant in his music development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith's early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became immersed within the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his father, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76). As an Improvisor-Composer, Smith has studied a variety of music cultures (African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American) and has developed a Jazz and world music theory, and a notation system to fully express this music which he calls "Ankhrasmation". He has taught at the University of New Haven 1975-'76, the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY

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Sun Beans Of Shimmering Light

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2021
Track listing: Constellations And Conjunctional Spaces; Sun Beans Of Shimmering Light; Super Moon Rising; Unknown Forces; Dark Tango.

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Sacred Ceremonies

Label: TUM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1: 01-03 Nyoto 1-3 / 04 Baby Dodds In Congo Square / 05 Celebration Rhythms / 06 Poetic Sonics / 07 The Poet: Play Ebony, Play Ivory (For Henry Dumas). Disc 2: 01 Ascending the Sacred Waterfall - A Ceremonial Practice / 02 Prince - The Blue Diamond Spirit / 03 Donald Ayler´s Rainbow Summit / 04 Tony Williams / 05 Mysterious Night / 06 Earth - A Morning Song / 07 Minnie Riperton - The Chicago Bronzeville Master Blaster. Disc 3: 01 Social Justice - A Fire for Reimagining the World / 02.Myths of Civilizations and Revolutions / 03 Truth in Expansion / 04 The Healer´s Direct Energy / 05 Waves of Elevated Horizontal Forces / 06 An Epic Journey Inside the Center of Color / 07 Ruby Red Largo - A Sonnet.

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Trumpet

Label: TUM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1: 01 Albert Ayler / 02-06 Rashomon: Parts 1-5 / 07 Howard and Miles - A Photographic Image / 08 Metallic Rainbow (For Steve McCall) / 09 Sauna - A Healthy Journey (For Petri) Disc 2: 01 Malik al-Shabazz and the People of the Shahada / 02-06 The Great Litany - A Reflective Memory of al-Shadhili: Parts 1-5 / 07 Leroy Jenkins Violin Expressions / 08 James Baldwin - No Name in the Street; War / 09 Amina Claudine Myers Disc 3: 01 Sonic Night - Night Colors (For Reggie Workman) / 02-05 Discourses on the Sufi Path - A Remembrance of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh: Parts 1-4 / 06-09 Family - A Contemplation of Love: Parts 1- 4 / 10 Trumpet

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Article: Radio

Marco Colonna, Resilient Vesssels & Muriel Grossmann

Read "Marco Colonna, Resilient Vesssels & Muriel Grossmann" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Three new recordings by excellent reed players highlight this edition. Italy's multi-instrumentalist Marco Colonna fronts a risk-taking trio with double bassist Dario Miranda and drummer Fabrizio Spera on their recording N-EST, while one of the hottest saxophonists in the universe—James Brandon Lewis—is a member of Resilient Vessels, a quartet assembled by bassist and visual artist Josh ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Article: Album Review

Mikko Innanen / Cedric Piromalli / Stefan Pasborg: This Is It

Read "This Is It" reviewed by Mark Corroto


When a Finn, a Dane, and a Frenchman take on the organ trio genre expect it to be funky and supercool. And This is It is just that. This new group pivots around Cedric Piromalli's Hammond organ in ways you might expect if you are a fan of the Blue Note 1960s sounds of Big John ...

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Article: Radio

Anna Weber, The Resonators & Anthony Joseph

Read "Anna Weber, The Resonators & Anthony Joseph" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Two products of the jazz program at McGill University in jny: Montreal have new releases to sample this week: saxophonist and composer Anna Webber's Idiom is easily her most ambitious project to date featuring her Simple Trio (Matt Mitchell and John Hollenbeck) and a large ensemble of improvisers and new music specialists. Drummer Mark Nelson continues ...

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Article: Album Review

Step In: Voilà La Tendresse

Read "Voilà La Tendresse" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Step In is the international trio of Italian pianist Carlo Morena, Chilean drummer Felix Lecaros, and the renowned New York bassist Joe Fonda. Morena and Fonda started playing together in 1990, later adding drummer Jeff Hirshfield and adapting the current trio name. George Schuller later replaced Hirshfield before Lecaros took over the throne. Voilà La Tendresse ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith: Aesthetic Apex

Read "Wadada Leo Smith: Aesthetic Apex" reviewed by Doug Collette


It would be difficult to find a musician more loyal to his muse than Wadada Leo Smith. From projects with his Golden Quartet/Quintet such as America's National Parks (TUM Records, 2016) to the more expansive ensemble effort Najwa (TUM Records, 2017), then on to the stringent focus of Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk (TUM Records, ...


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