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Smith, Wadada Leo

Procession Of The Great Ancestry

Smith, Wadada Leo: Procession Of The Great Ancestry (NESSA)

Finally remastered, this is one of Smith's most obscure and satisfying early recordings with Kahil El'Zabar, Louis Myers, Joe Fonda, John Powell, Mchaka Uba, & Bobby Naughton.
 

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UPC: 827020002629

Label: NESSA
Catalog ID: 26
Squidco Product Code: 11344

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded February 28, 1983 Acme Recording, Chicago, Mike Rasfeld-Engineer. Remastered in 2009.


Personnel:

Leo Smith-trumpet, fluglehorn, kalimba, vocal

Bobby Naughton-vibraharp

Joe Fonda-bass

Kahil El Zabar-drums, balafon, kalimba, percussion

Louis Myers-electric guitar

Mchaka Uba-bass

John Powell-tenor saxophone

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track listing:


1. Jah Jah Is the Perfect Love 2:53

2. Procession of the Great Ancestry 15:17

3. The Flower That Seeds the Earth 6:13

4. The Third World, Grainery of Pure Earth 8:29

5. Who Killed David Walker? 3:14

6. Celestial Sparks in the Sanctuary of Redemption 8:05

7. Nuru Light: The Prince of Peace 3:12
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"An important and long-overdue reissue, this one features the trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith at the peak of his 1980s work. At the time of this 1983 recording, he was crafting his theories later captured by the term Ankhrasmation, but was still very much a product of the ethos (or should we say ethoi) of the AACM, whose motto "Great Black Music - Ancient to the Future" facilitated precisely the kind of syncretic playing heard throughout this Chicago date. With longtime companions Bobby Naughton (whose vibraphone is central to so much of Smith's work from this period), bassist Joe Fonda, and percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, Smith takes in everything from wafting polytonal essays in texture (the title track, dedicated to Miles Davis) to amalgams of reggae and blues (the opening "Jah Jah is the Perfect Love," one of several places where Smith sings as well).

Over the course of these pieces - many of which make up a series of dedications to trumpeters who have inspired Smith - the leader displays his incredible instrumental range. He takes in most of the trumpet's idiomatic associations - a tightly polished mute phrase, a lower register strawberry, a quick clarion post-bop lick - and blends them in a very distinct fashion, tracing a bold line amidst the billowing vibe chords, cymbals and solemn bass heard throughout. His distinctly colorful style is abetted by a truly sympathetic group of improvisers. El'Zabar adds a fantastic bestiary of percussive sound to these pieces; his range and imagination are absolutely crucial to the blend of the ominous and the puckish heard here. A young Fonda is riveting in his bass playing on this track, punctuating certain statements and throwing wrenches into others (he switches to electric on the opener and on "Who Killed David Walker," both of which add second bassist Mchaka Uba and guitarist Louis Myers).[...] "-Jason Bivins, Dusted


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ZMF Trio
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Smith, Wadada Leo
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Recommended & Related Releases:
Braxton, Anthony
3 Compositions Of New Jazz
(Delmark)
Oliveros, Pauline / Roscoe Mitchell / John Tilbury / Wadada Leo Smith
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(Angelica)
Brooklyn Express, The (Fonda / Tononi / Cavallanti / Swell / Robertson)
No Time Left!
(Long Song Records)
Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John
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(Tzadik)
Shipp, Matthew
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(Thirsty Ear)
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(Tum)
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(Innova)
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Malaby, Tony
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(Clean Feed)
The Nu Band
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(NoBusiness)
Braxton, Anthony
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(Hatology)
Mitchell, Roscoe
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(NESSA)
Smith, Wadada Leo / Dejohnette, Jack
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(Tzadik)
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50Th Birthday Celebration - Volume 8
(Tzadik)
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(Drip Audio)
Braxton, Anthony / Fonda, Joe
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(Clean Feed)
Smith, Wadada Leo / Braxton, Anthony
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(Pi Recordings)
Smith, Wadada Leo
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(Tzadik)
Quintet for a Day (Ellis / Ochs / Robinson / Doublas / Smith)
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Other Recommended Releases:
Nu Band, The
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Sanchez, Angelica / Wadada Leo Smith
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(Clean Feed)
Russell, Hal
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