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Album · 2017

Filed under Fusion
By WADADA LEO SMITH

Tracklist

01 Ornette Coleman´s Harmolodic Sonic Hierographic Forms: A Resonance Change in the Millennium 16:22
02 Ohnedaruth John Coltrane: The Master of Kosmic Music and His Spirituality in a Love Supreme 14:00
03 Najwa 03:31
04 Ronald Shannon Jackson: The Master of Symphonic Drumming and Multi-Sonic Rhythms, Inscriptions of a Rare Beauty 11:49
05 The Empress, Lady Day: In a Rainbow Garden, with Yellow-Gold Hot Springs, Surrounded by Exotic Plants and Flowers 10:01

Total playing time 55:43

Line-up/Musicians

Wadada Leo Smith trumpet
Michael Gregory Jackson guitars
Henry Kaiser guitars
Brandon Ross guitars
Lamar Smith guitars
Bill Laswell electric bass
Pheeroan akLaff drums
Adam Rudolph percussion

About this release

TUM CD 049 (Finland)

Recorded at MSR Studios in New York City on March 6th and 7th, 2014, by Robert Musso. Additional recording at Orange Music Sound Studios in West Orange, New Jersey, by James Dellatacoma

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Variety seems to be the key with the latest batch of releases from Wadada Leo Smith with “Najwa” continuing that mode in an exceptional manner. The prior album “ America’s National Parks” played by Wadada’s Golden Quintet was quite an outstanding effort and deservingly so, being highly regarded after the double album’s release last year in 2016. “Najwa” is quite a different beast being Fusion but this is not Miles Davis or The Mahavishnu Orchestra albeit there are elements contained but due to Bill Laswell’s presence on the album playing electric bass, providing the Mix and the addition of four Electric Guitarists, we are veering just as close to Praxis and Material.

Jazz though is still the key “Ornette Coleman’s Harmolodic Sonic Hierograhic Forms: A Reasonance Change In The Millennium” is performed as a suite with varying times and some stunning trumpet from Wadada in conjunction with the guitarists providing quite a diverse sound with their input but Bill Laswell’s bass is grumbling and booming in the distinct manner that he play’s right along with them. Track 3 “Najwa” is a short dreamy piece. I have to admit when I first saw the title for the next track “Ronald Shannon Jackson: The Master of Symphonic Drumming and Multi Sonic Rhythms, Inscription of a Rare Beauty” I was ready for long percussion pieces but not so, although drum driven there is plenty addition from the band with some great guitar work injected with Wadada’s trumpet thankfully. “The Empress, Lady Day: In a Rainbow Garden, with Yellow-Gold Hot Springs, Surrounded by Exotic Plants and Flowers” finishes the album up in a contemplative manner with pieces from the various musicians floating across an ambient ether that only Bill Laswell could Mix. Track 2 the dedication to John Coltrane has the same high standard.

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