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.

Red Sulphur Sky [2001]
  • 1. Red Sulphur Sky (6:14)
  • 2. Evening Glow A Shining Outward (4:37)
  • 3. The Medicine Wheel i North: Wisdom: Buffalo White (7:03)
  • 4. The Medicine Wheel ii West: Introspective: Bear Black (3:37)
  • 5. The Medicine Wheel iii East: Illumination: Eagle Yellow (6:24)
  • 6. The Medicine Wheel iv South: Innocence: Mouse Green (3:33)
  • 7. A Fmie: Purity And Poverty A Spiritual Walk on the Tenri Path (3:15)
  • 8. aFmie: Purity And Poverty ii Ishmael And Hagar; In A Luminous Caravan Of Pure Blues (6:08)
  • 9. aFmie: Purity And Poverty iii Unity And Diversity In The Secret Garden Of Life (5:12)
  • 10. A Fmie: Purity And Poverty Saint Tekla Haymanot at Debra Libanos Ethiopia (6:28)