WADADA LEO SMITH
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Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpet-player, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. He was born December 18, 1941, in Leland, Mississippi. His early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands where he played drums, mellophone and French horn before he settled on the trumpet. 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) where he studied ethnomusicology.

He has taught at the University of New Haven 1975-76, the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY. 1975-78, and Bard College 1987-93. He is currently a professor of Music at the California Institute of the Arts, and is the director of the MFA program in African American Improvisation. He is a member of ASCAP Association for the Advancement of Creative
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Creative Music - 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
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Budding of a Rose
Third Stream 1979
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Spirit Catcher
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
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Divine Love
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
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Solo Music Ahkreanvention
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
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Rastafari
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
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Procession of the Great Ancestry
Avant-Garde Jazz 1989
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Kulture Jazz
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Tao-Njia
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
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Prataksis
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1997
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Light Upon Light
Third Stream 1999
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Reflectativity
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
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Golden Quartet
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
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Dreams and Secrets
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Red Sulphur Sky
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
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The Year of the Elephant
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
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Luminous Axis (The Caravans of Winter and Summer)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2002
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Lake Biwa
Third Stream 2004
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Snakish
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
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Wisdom in Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
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Abbey Road Quartet
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
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Wadada Leo Smith / Jack DeJohnette : America
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
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Wadada Leo Smith's Mbira ‎: Dark Lady Of The Sonnets
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Wadada Leo Smith's Organic: Heart's Reflections
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2011
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Ancestors (with Louis Moholo-Moholo)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
.. Album Cover 3.43 | 2 ratings
Occupy The World
Third Stream 2013
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Wadada Leo Smith / George Lewis / John Zorn : Sonic Rivers
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Great Lakes Suites
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
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Wadada Leo Smith, Jamie Saft, Joe Morris & Balázs Pándi : Red Hill
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
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Wadada Leo Smith /Hardedge : The Nile
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg : Celestial Weather
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
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America's National Parks
21st Century Modern 2016
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Najwa
Nu Jazz 2017
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Solo-Reflections And Meditations On Monk
21st Century Modern 2017
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Aspiration
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017

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Reflectativity (New Dalta Ahkri)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
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Song Of Humanity (Kanto Pri Homaro) (as New Dalta Ahkri)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
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The Mass On The World
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
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Touch the Earth
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
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Go in Numbers
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
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Human Rights
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
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Cosmos Has Spirit (with Sabu Toyozumi)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
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Golden Hearts Remembrance
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
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Condor, Autumn Wind (with Harumi Makino Smith)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
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Grand Oak Trees At Dawn / String Quartet No. 1 / String Quartet No. 3 "Black Church" / Bardsdale (with Southwest Chamber Music)
Third Stream 2000
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Wadada Leo Smith - Anthony Braxton ‎: Organic Resonance
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
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Saturn, Conjunct the Grand Canyon in a Sweet Embrace (with Anthony Braxton)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
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50⁸ (with Susie Ibarra, John Zorn)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
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Compassion (with Adam Rudolph)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
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Golden Quartet: Tabligh
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Spiritual Dimensions
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2009
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer (with Ed Blackwell )
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
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Ten Freedom Summers
Third Stream 2012
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Wadada Leo Smith & Bill Laswell ‎: The Stone
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
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June 6th 2013
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
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Wadada Leo Smith & John Tilbury : Bishopsgate Concert
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
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Taif: Prayer in the Garden of Hijaz
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
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Red Chrysanthemums Solos 1977
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015

WADADA LEO SMITH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

WADADA LEO SMITH re-issues & compilations

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Kabell Years: 1971-1979
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004

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Eclipse
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007

WADADA LEO SMITH Reviews

WADADA LEO SMITH Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg : Celestial Weather

Album · 2015 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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snobb
Finnish TUM label is a home for US giant trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith most significant European recordings,mostly all monumental by form and size (incl. some double-CD studio releases). Smith's most current music isn't easy accessible,but is uniquely deep and represents one of the best modern creative genres borders crossing jazz around.

Wadada's newest TUM release isn't another monumental work as we could expect though. "Celestial Weather" is a collection of bare-naked minimalist duets with Smith' regular acoustic bassist John Lindberg, all duo's originals.

Divided to three parts, "Celestial Weather" demonstrates another side of Wadada - with same bassist he plays for decades Wadada feels very comfortable on almost chamber pre-composed pieces and very free-improvisational songs.

Recorded just by trumpeter and double bassist duo,this album is surprisingly filled with music. Sounds are clear and often quite ascetic,but it is not an album where nothing happens or where silence is a big part of recorded sound. It is quite different from Smith more bombastic works and probably not every fan of Great Lakes Suites or Ten Freedom Summers will like "Celestial Weather", but in on its own way this new release is a really important example of Wadada's creative legacy.

WADADA LEO SMITH Wadada Leo Smith & Bill Laswell ‎: The Stone

Live album · 2014 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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snobb
One of Chicago avant-garde jazz icon, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) early member (from 1967),composer & musical theorist,trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith during last decade enjoys exclusive attention from advanced jazz and contemporary music fans. Only during last five years he released twelve new albums(including three double and one 4xCD set),all of good or excellent quality. His last year's "Great Lakes Suites"(TUM Records) is one of most often mentioned advanced albums in all possible 2014 year's top lists.

Bassist,sound experimenter and producer Bill Laswell is not less known person in the world of adventurous music. He is one of most respectable musicians in the field of jazz / improvisation related dub, has long lasting history collaborating with John Zorn and other New York down town leading artists.

Smith/Laswell live duo album, recorded during Laswell's residence in New York's The Stone in 2014,can easily slip unnoticed even by attentive fans since it's released as digital file only on Laswell's own M.O.D. Technologies label. It would be a real loss since it contains really great music.

Quite surprisingly for music,recorded and produced by Laswell, this one 38-minutes long composition doesn't contain many electronics and recording studio technological tricks.What we have here is liquid dark Laswell ambient bass pulsation and Wadada's fantastic trumpet piercing over it. Music is dark but far not depressive, even spacious, and all long musical piece somehow recalls Wadada's "The Great Lakes Suite". Same nature's monumental greatness, same almost pathetic simplicity,just in more minimalist form.For my great surprise two excellent but very different artists sound absolutely organic here presenting gorgeous music which is accessible and have a high lasting impact.

This release should not be missed by anyone who enjoyed Wadada's "Suites..." as well as anyone,interested in modern cross-genre advanced music.

WADADA LEO SMITH The Great Lakes Suites

Album · 2014 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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"The Great Lakes Suites", trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith's new release, is one more success. If some his more current recordings come as monumental works for orchestra, "Suites.." is quite different. Although it is a large-scale project by length (released as a double CD, which is quite normal for Wadada), it is recorded by only quartet.

It doesn't always sound like just a quartet though - more of a mini-big band sound (not by intensity of musical flow but by the manner of playing) and often quite close to Wadada's big orchestras. The music flows without peaks and extended solos, but as a complex, even if minimalist, well-balanced wave. Bassist John Lindberg is Wadada's most regular collaborator, drummer Jack DeJohnette already recorded some music with Smith as well. Henry Threadgill (on saxes and flutes) is probably less involved in the trumpeter's most current works, but his music is rooted in the same Chicagoan AACM tradition as Leo's for decades.

I am familiar with all of Wadada's most current releases, and even if his composition manner is obvious on them all (which is only for the good, since he is one of the most original of all living composers in large-format jazz music), "Suites.." is different from his other works in at least one thing - nothing is bombastic here.

Dedicated to the five Great Lakes (one composition to each) plus one more (the final composition, titled as "Lake St. Clair) dedicated to a different Lake - musician Oliver Lake. All of the music on here has that atmosphere which one always associates with big northern waters; geological history, cold water masses, glacial stones and never-ending flows. Nothing is slow in this music, but nothing is nervous, quirky or explosive as well. All four of the musicians build well-balanced complex and often beautiful (as nature itself - without even a touch of sentimentality) music, never pathetic. Here one can hear how Wadada, trumpeter and composer, sounds at his best.

Excellent work, one of Wadada's best for years.

WADADA LEO SMITH Wadada Leo Smith / George Lewis / John Zorn : Sonic Rivers

Album · 2014 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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John Zorn's prolific Tzadik label started a new SPECTRUM series with an excellent collaboration between three modern creative jazz giants culminating in the album, "Sonic Rivers". Three horn players - trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, trombonist George Lewis and Zorn himself on saxes, play a restrained session full of bursts and free jazz beauty.

I was expecting this album's concept to recall one of the legendary works between George Lewis and John Zorn in collaboration with guitar genius Derek Bailey resulting in the album "Yankees",released on the Celluloid label in 1982. Even if more than three decades separate these two releases, besides the line-up, they have some more things in common. Both "Yankees" and "Sonic Rivers" radiate that adventurous and creative jazz spirit which becomes more and more rare in the current jazz scene.

Wadada Leo Smith and George Lewis are two key artists of Chicago's AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) movement, which began in the mid 60's. Both are not only musicians, but composers as well, known for their experimental works. John Zorn is probably the most influential figure on the NY downtown avant-garde scene for the last few decades, known for his explosive dissonant playing and his many compositions as well.

Here, on "Sonic Rivers", one can find a very successful balance between the non-jazz avant-garde and the non-traditional compositions of the Chicago school, plus the New York eclectic explosive mix of all styles in one. Surprisingly enough, no-one of these three musicians dominates on these recordings. Even Zorn, adding his dissonant sax soloing, leaves a lot of space for the others. In all, this music sounds very aerial, almost minimal in moments, but still full of content - the characteristic by which one can usually separate the best free jazz albums from all the others. Lewis uses some electronic devices on a few compositions, but generally it's three horn players building multicolored acoustic pictures.

Critically thinking, there is nothing revolutionary different or just really new here. Mainly this music's value is that it reinvents that creative spirit which made so many 60s and 70s jazz releases great listening, even till now, and in a big part, almost forgotten in these modern days of music. The modern jazz scene really needs more of this inspiration today.

WADADA LEO SMITH Occupy The World

Album · 2013 · Third Stream
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From the very early days of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians founded in Chicago in 1965) its members were influenced by classical/composed music as much as by jazz/improvisational.Muhai Richard Abrams,Roscoe Mitchell and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith are all renowned authors of solid composed works, many of which are recorded.

"Occupy The World" is Leo's monumental two-CD conceptual album, dedicated to political tension and activism in the modern world. Smith developed his own non-metric compositional theory that he uses in his music: none of the five long (between 15 and 33 minutes) compositions have a continued theme, all the music is kind of liquid kinematic installation of rhythmic and melodic multi-layers, but it has nothing in common with esoteric/new age amorphous viscosity. Each musical layer, even more, each small element, is engineered in details. There are a lot of small spaces where each musician has some space for improvisation, so the music doesn't sound too fixed or cemented, but at the same time, there are not even minimal traces of chaos.

For listeners not very familiar with Smith's musical theories, this hour-and-half long double album sounds like something that is very close, and yet alternative at the same time, to a more traditional classical opus. These dramatic and often bombastic compositions also contains precisely included distortions and rhythmical structures that are more African than European, but all in all, this music sounds as if you're in an Opera House, not in a jazz club.

For this project, Smith and his regular collaborator bassist John Lindberg, co-operate with a leading Finnish progressive jazz orchestra (22-piece collective with harpist Iro Haarla, trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, Danish drummer Stefan Passborg, sax player Mikko Innanen on board among others). Not all the members play on every composition, Smith uses smaller sub-collectives depending on his vision and needs. Not all the compositions are really new - for example, "The Bell - 2" was originally written by Smith for the late 60s Anthony Braxton album, "3 Compositions of New Jazz".

Not an easy listen and probably even more controversial because of it being a cross-genre work, it represents one of the most ambitious and monumental pieces of music of the last couple years, not many artists around have the inspiration and faith required to still be working in this field. Wadada Leo Smith is one of the few living legends, who even in his 70s, is looking ahead.

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