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Wadada Leo Smith

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

To Be Surrounded By Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh Is Enough

Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Believe E.S.P.; Chandelier Searchlight; I Will Spite Survive; Mountain Moves; Polly Bee; Bad Kids to the Front; Snoopy Waves; Breakup Songs; Flower; Last Fad; Mirror Monster.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Patrick Cornelius: Acadia: Way Of The Cairns

Read "Acadia: Way Of The Cairns" reviewed by Chris May

No, this is not an ECM album, though, looking at the sleeve art, you would be excused from thinking it was trying to pass itself off as one. Half of the Acadia quartet is indeed European: Estonian-born, German-based pianist Kristjan Randalu and Luxembourg-born, US-based drummer Paul Wiltgen. The other half is American: alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro

It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wadada Leo Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wadada Leo Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Wadada Leo Smith's birthday today! 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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Snakeoil, Mark Helias, The Doxas Brothers And More

Read "Snakeoil, Mark Helias, The Doxas Brothers And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A busy year for the prolific Tim Berne continues with the release of live music from his Snakeoil band and a fascinating duo with Mark Helias. There is further live music from the stellar line up of Sylvie Courvoisier, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley and Tom Rainey. Also a brand new album from Chet Doxas with brother ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer - Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet

Read "The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer - Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet" reviewed by Russell Perry

The last decade was one of immense consequence and productivity for pianist/composer Vijay Iyer. In 2012 alone, in the DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll he was voted Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Small Group of the Year (the Vijay Iyer Trio), Album of the Year (Accelerando), and Rising Star Composer of the Year. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Luís Vicente: Maré

Read "Maré" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We have no idea whether Portuguese trumpeter Luís Vicente is Catholic. Nor if he knew before performing at the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova that he would be in harmony with the building's monastic religious order, the Poor Clares. His music performed at the Anozero-Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, however, is as stark and austere as ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Arts For Art Presents Vision Festival: Healing Soul - October 8 – 12 @ La Plaza At The Clemente, NYC Limited In-Person Tickets & Livestream

Arts For Art Presents Vision Festival:  Healing Soul -  October 8 – 12 @ La Plaza At The Clemente, NYC Limited In-Person Tickets & Livestream

“In the dark of these times, art lights the way,” says Patricia Nicholson Parker, co-founder of Arts for Art (AFA). Nicholson, William Parker and AFA team have reimagined the renowned Vision Festival as a limited-capacity outdoor event with a professionally filmed livestream. Vision Festival: Healing Soul will begin Thursday, October 8 at 7:00pm ET with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell: How To turn the Moon

Read "How To turn the Moon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fans of piano jazz might have a preference for the trio format—piano/bass/drums. Or they might like their piano straight, no chaser, with solo piano sets. There is no shortage of trio and solo recordings floating around for our listening enjoyment. But two pianos? Rare, though not unheard of. Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays offered up the ...


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