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.

Ten Freedom Summers [2012]
  • 1. Dred Scott: 1857 (11:11)
  • 2. Malik Al Shabazz and the People of the Shahada (5:15)
  • 3. Emmett Till: Defiant, Fearless (18:02)
  • 4. Thurgood Marshall and Brown vs. Board of Education: A Dream of Equal Education, 1954 (15:05)
  • 5. John F. Kennedy's New Frontier and the Space Age, 1960 (22:12)
  • 6. Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 381 Days (12:43)
  • 7. Black Church (16:34)
  • 8. Freedom Summer: Voter Registration, Acts of Compassion and Empowerment, 1964 (12:32)
  • 9. Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (24:12)
  • 10. The Freedom Riders Ride (16:42)
  • 11. Medgar Evers: A Love-Voice of a Thousand Years' Journey for Liberty and Justice (16:42)
  • 12. The D.C. Wall: A War Memorial for All Times (12:18)
  • 13. Buzzsaw: The Myth of a Free Press (15:02)
  • 14. The Little Rock Nine: A Force for Desegregation in Education, 1957 (13:50)
  • 15. America, Parts 1, 2 & 3 (14:14)
  • 16. September 11th, 2001: A Memorial (9:30)
  • 17. Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, 1964 (9:06)
  • 18. Democracy (14:30)
  • 19. Martin Luther King, Jr: Memphis, the Prophecy (14:30)