Based on the US Civil Rights Movement, trumpeter Leo Smith has developed this suite over 30 years, performed here with his Golden Quintet of Anthony Davis, John Lindberg, Pheeroan AkLaaf, Susie Ibarra and a small chamber ensemble.
Smith, Wadada Leo
Ten Freedom Summers [4 CDs]
Released in: USA
"An orchestral collaboration with the acclaimed eight-piece ensemble Southwest Chamber Music (harp, clarinet, 2 violins, cello, flute, viola, bass, percussion) conducted by Grammy Award-winner Jeff von der Schmidt, Ten Freedom Summers is built upon Smith's celebrated Golden Quartet featuring pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg, drummer Susie Ibarra and/or drummer Pheeroan akLaaf (who often expands the ensemble to a quintet). As a child of the Deep South who was raised in the red-hot crucible of the civil rights movement, Smith traces the project's origins back to 1977, when he wrote "Medgar Evers," an expansive evocation of the NAACP activist gunned down in Mississippi 14 years earlier.
Working in fits and starts, Smith completed the 19-piece project 34 years later in October of 2011 with a portentous, elegiac piece for Southwest Chamber Music. In designing the huge, multi-movement work, he focused on the transformative decade framed by the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"I was born in 1941 and grew up in segregated Mississippi and experienced the conditions which made it imperative for an activist movement for equality," says Smith says, who marked his 70th birthday with a presentation of this, perhaps his most ambitious undertaking. "I saw that stuff happening. Those are the moments that triggered this. It was in that same environment that I had my first dreams of becoming a composer and performer."
After decades of being revered by his peers and colleagues, Smith is attaining his rightful place at the forefront of American music. Ten Freedom Summers is an important work that combines unique, fully scored rigorous passages and great improvisational skills into one huge and cohesive work. It is a thrilling, emotionally charged and satisfying work from a master."-Cuneiform Records
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"John Lindberg commenced his full-time professional career at age sixteen, allowing for total immersion into his work as a performer/composer, subsequently being mentored by the late great bassist David Izenzon.
The first public performances of his ensemble compositions began in 1975, and in 1980 he recorded his first album focused on his original music, a collection of works for solo double bass, Comin' & Goin'.
Over the last forty-one years he has traveled the globe performing thousands of concerts of creative music, in thirty-six countries on five continents. He has released myriad albums - over one hundred - that spotlight his original compositions for a variety of jazz ensembles, and feature his singularly identifiable bass playing.
His extended works for chamber ensembles combined with improvising artists have been widely commissioned, including works for The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, New York Chamber Ensemble, and Neues Kolner Streichquartett. His catalogue contains over one hundred and fifty published works.
He is renowned as an ensemble leader, a collaborator in special duet settings, a solo double bass performer, and as co-founder of the String Trio of New York with Billy Bang and James Emery. He has worked with a plethora of luminary creative artists, including: Albert Mangelsdorff, Ed Thigpen, Eric Watson, Louis Sclavis, Human Arts Ensemble, Frank Lowe, Wadada Leo Smith, Susie Ibarra, Karl Berger, Anthony Braxton, Andrew Cyrille, Dave Douglas, John Carter, Henry Threadgill, Jack DeJohnette, Regina Carter, Jimmy Lyons, Sunny Murray, Roswell Rudd, Mary Redhouse, Pablo Calogero, Joe LaBarbera, Wendell Harrison, and Kevin Norton.
His work as a producer of numerous recordings, and of powerful cross-genre projects - such as JazzHopRevolution and BLOB - is well established, as is his ongoing work as an educator with a distinctly unique message.
Awards and fellowships in support of his work include those from New Music USA, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Chamber Music America, ASCAP, Arts International, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Cary Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet The Composer, and a Diploma de Honor from Gobernacion Cordillera, Chile.
Of late, John's disparate extra-musical activities - which include a stint as a community rescue squad ambulance driver, serving as general contractor for a cabin built with carpenter friends in South Dakota, and being engaged as an observational naturalist - have significantly informed his work as a composer and musician.
Released in September, 2016, on Clean Feed Records, are two new albums:John Lindberg BC3, Born in an Urban Ruin and John Lindberg Raptor Trio, Western Edges. Other recent recordings that feature his compositions include the duet with Wadada Leo Smith, Celestial Weather, the duet with cellist Anil Eraslan, Juggling Kukla (released as a limited edition of 300 vinyl LPs), and John Lindberg's TriPolar, [a]live at Roulette, NYC."-John Lindberg Website (http://www.johnlindberg.com/biography.php)
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Catalog ID: Rune 350/351/352/353
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Format: 4 CDs
Packaging: 4 CD Box Set
Recorded at Zipper Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA on November 4th-6th, 2011 by Matthew Snyder.
Southwest Chamber Music:
Jeff von der Schmidt-conductor
Wadada Leo Smith-composer, trumpet
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1. Dred Scott, 1857 11:49
2. Malik Al Shabazz And The People Of The Shahada 5:15
3. Emmett Till: Defiant, Fearless 18:03
4. Thurgood Marshall And Brown Vs. Board Of Education: A Dream Of Equal Education, 1954 15:06
5. John F. Kennedy's New Frontier And The Space Age, 1960 22:08
1. Rosa Parks And The Montgomery Bus Boycott, 381 Days 12:44
2. Black Church 16:36
3. Freedom Summer: Voter Registration, Acts Of Compassion And Empowerment, 1964 12:35
4. Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society And The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 24:13
1. The Freedom Riders Ride 16:41
2. Medgar Evers: A Love-Voice Of A Thousand Years' Journey For Liberty And Justice 10:07
3. The D.C. Wall: A War Memorial For All Times 12:18
4. Buzzsaw: The Myth Of A Free Press 15:04
5. The Little Rock Nine: A Force For Desegregation In Education, 1957 13:50
1. America, Pts. 1, 2 & 3 14:11
2. September 11th, 2001: A Memorial 9:39
3. Fannie Lou Hamer And The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, 1964 8:36
4. Democracy 14:31
5. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Memphis, The Prophecy 20:35