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Unreleased for more than 39 years, these remarkably creative live solo performances on trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, steelophone, percussion and gongs from improvisor and composer Wadada Leo Smith were recorded in Los Angeles in 1977, during his visionary Kabell Records years.

Smith, Wadada Leo
Red Chrysanthemums | Solos 1977

Smith, Wadada Leo: Red Chrysanthemums | Solos 1977 (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey    
Released in: USA    

"On the occasion of improvisor and composer Wadada Leo Smith's exhibition Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores, 1967-2015 at Chicago's Renaissance Society, Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to present Red Chrysanthemums, a previously unreleased live recording of solo performances by Smith, documented in Los Angeles in December, 1977.

Three adventurous, spacious tracks feature Smith's unique and innovative trumpet, a bright voice with a personal burr, as well as percussion, tuned percussion, and flute, all captured as Smith was in the process of confirming his place in the pantheon of AACM greats. This is also a rare recording of Smith from the same period of his self-production (another AACM hallmark), which included the four LPs he issued on his own label, Kabell Records, from 1971-1979, largely seen as a groundbreaking moment in his career.

A candid snapshot of one of the most vital musicians to extend the jazz tradition, testing his craft and artistry with a bright, pure toned sensibility and deeply soulful melodic imagination."-Corbett Vs. Dempsey

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Product Information:

Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDCD025
Squidco Product Code: 21486

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, in December 1977, by Lee Kaplan.


Wadada Leo Smith-trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, percussion [Steelophone], percussion, gong, composer

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