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Wadada Leo Smith, Aruan Ortiz & Neill Duncan


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I know that the official International Jazz Day is April 30th, but around the One Man's Jazz HQ, pretty much every show features international artists. This episode is no exception with music from artists representing 14 different countries over the 23 tracks. Heading the list is the unstoppable Wadada Leo Smith with a new band called Orange Wave Electric. The last word in the name is the clue as to the direction Smith takes on Fire Illuminations. Pianist Aruán Ortiz brings his own brand of fire to his new Serranias: Sketchbook For Piano Trio while the German quintet Yamabiko lays out their path to the avant-garde. Lots of new music, too, from guitarist Avi Granite (Canada), Oriol Roca Trio & Lluis Vidal and David Xirgu (Spain), the quartet Pesh and bassist Franciszek Pospiezalski (Poland), saxophonist Paul Dunmall (England), saxophonist Tobia Bondesan and bassist Giovanni Maier (Italy), and saxophonist Neill Duncan from New Zealand who has a most compelling story. He lost an arm to cancer but continued to play with the other until his death a couple of years ago.


  • Avi Granite 6 "Misanthropic Vindaloo" from Operator (Pet Mantis) 00:00
  • Host speaks 06:47
  • Avi Granite 6 "Voracious" from Operator (Pet Mantis) 07:49
  • Sebastiano Dessanay "Griffith Park" from L. A. Impressions (Self-released) 13:33
  • Day and Taxi "Marina & The Lucky Pop Song Transformation" from Live In Baden (Clean Feed) 20:23
  • Host speaks 31:56
  • Oriol Roca Trio "Carousel" from Live at Jazz Cava (Underpool) 33:38
  • Lluis Vidal}} & David Xirgu "Ida Lupino" from The Carla Bley Songbook (Underpool) 39:16
  • Paul Dunmall Ensemble "Don't Ask Why" from It's A Matter Of Fact (Discus) 44:57
  • Host speaks 50:45
  • Pesh "Music 45" from Peshish (AMP Music & Records) 52:25
  • Family Band "Deft But Bereft" from Family Band (Discus) 59:29
  • Host speaks 1:06:09
  • Yamabiko Quintet "Cloudscape" from Yamabiko Quintet (NEMU) 1:07:10
  • Jane Ira Bloom, Mark Helias & Bobby Previte "Gumshoe" from 2-3-23 (Outline) 1:14:08
  • Novembre "Klaxon Pad Carnival" from Encore (Umlaut) 1:19:32
  • Yamabiko Quintet "Yamabiko" from Yamabiko Quintet (NEMU) 1:25:07
  • Host speaks 1:29:37
  • Franciszek Pospiezalski Quintet "Black Bats & Poles" from Jazz Poland Volume 3 (Jazz PL) 1:30:57
  • Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda "Fallen Leaves Dance" from Thread Of Light (Fundacja Sluchaj) 1:37:10
  • Tilo Weber Trio "In Rapture and Rubble" from Tesserae (We Jazz) 1:41:14
  • Host speaks 1:48:17
  • Aruan Ortiz Trio "Shaw 'Nuff (Siento Un Bombo)" from Serranias: Sketchbook For Piano Trio (Intakt) 1:50:00
  • Soojung Lee "Complicated Rest" from Four Seasons (Self-released) 1:59:54
  • Host speaks 2:07:48
  • Tobia Bondesan & Giovanni Maier "Lonely Woman" from Live In Pisa (Fonterossa) 2:09:08
  • Santiago Leibson "Subtexto" from Aparecerce (Self-released) 2:20:16
  • Host speaks 2:25:31
  • Neill Duncan & The Devil's Gate Outfit "Loosening The Screws" from Phantom Tones (Kiwi Jahzz) 2:28:57
  • Raoul Bjorkenheim "Petals" from Beyond (Eclipse Music) 2:37:40
  • Host speaks 2:44:53
  • Wadada Leo Smith & Orange Wave Electric "Tony Williams" from Fire Illuminations (Kabell) 2:46:54

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