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Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2011

Read "Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Every year, the task of picking the best releases seems to be quite an onerous assignment. This year was especially difficult because, of the four hundred or so discs I listened to, many kept resurfacing for more attention. As I write, I haven't yet spun the new (yes, new) releases by Albert Ayler (Stockholm, Berlin 1966 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith's Organic: Heart’s Reflections

Read "Heart’s Reflections" reviewed by Nic Jones

Wadada Leo Smith is currently making some of the most distinctive music on the planet; its expressive depth, as exemplified by Heart's Reflections, seemingly born not merely of one lifetime, but of several. The trumpeter's means of expression, which has never been the stuff of mere virtuosity, is now purged of all excess, resulting in something ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith's Organic: Heart's Reflections

Read "Heart's Reflections" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

To assess Wadada Leo Smith's contribution to the literature of his chosen instrument--the trumpet--as his sole claim to fame would be touching just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of his importance in the scheme of contemporary music. Firstly, there is a bottomless depth to him that rivals that of musicians such as Yusef Lateef and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith's Organic: Heart's Reflections

Read "Heart's Reflections" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The creative arc of Wadada Leo Smith describes a man of many talents. He was a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) before forming the Creative Construction Company with Anthony Braxton and Leroy Jenkins. He has organized music into rhythm units and added a form of notation he called Akhreanvention. He ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith's Organic: Heart's Reflections

Read "Heart's Reflections" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For Mies van der Rohe, the saying “less is more" might be true. But for trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, more is always more. Heart's Reflections is his fifth release for Cuneiform Records and, like his three prior efforts, a double CD.Organic, one of Smith's numerous working bands, is a continuation of his Yo Miiles! ...


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