Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

free jazz, jazz, Avant-Garde, trumpet, Avant-Garde Jazz

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (18 December 1941 in Leland, Mississippi) is a trumpeter and composer working primarily in the fields of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. He started out playing drums, mellophone and French horn before he settled on the trumpet. He played in various rhythm-n-blues groups and by 1967 became a member of the AACM and co-founded the Creative Construction Company, a trio with Leroy Jenkins and Anthony Braxton. In 1971 Smith formed his own label, Kabell.

Golden Quartet [2000]
  • 1. DeJohnette (15:13)
  • 2. Harumi (6:55)
  • 3. Celestial Sky And All The Magic: A Memorial For Lester Bowie (15:27)
  • 4. The Healer's Voyage On The Sacred River (7:33)
  • 5. America's Third Century Spiritual Awakening (11:57)

Wadada Leo Smith's third Tzadik release finds him in a modern jazz quartet of seasoned jazz cats and legendary improvisers. Pianist Anthony Davis, bassist Malachi Favors Magoustous, and drummer Jack DeJohnette join Smith in creating an unhurried, mature and, frankly, atypical Tzadik release in that even though it may sound somewhat free to more conservative ears, it is hardly antagonistic and is unmistakably a piano jazz quartet. Regardless of classification Read more on Last.fm.