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Wadada Leo Smith


 
Ibarra, Susie: Flower After Flower Ibarra, Susie:
Flower After Flower

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Ibarra, Susie: Folkloriko Ibarra, Susie:
Folkloriko

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Malaby, Tony: Tamarindo Live Malaby, Tony:
Tamarindo Live

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Saxophonist Tony Malaby's incredible Tamarindo trio with William Parker on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums is transformed to a quartet with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, performing live in NYC, 2010.

Sanchez, Angelica / Wadada Leo Smith: Twine Forest Sanchez, Angelica / Wadada Leo Smith:
Twine Forest

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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NY based pianist Angelica Sanchez in a stunning and intimate duo with legendary free improv trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, an album of superb conversation that flows naturally from their work together in Leo Smith's projects Golden Quartet and Organic.

Smith, Leo: Spirit Catcher Smith, Leo:
Spirit Catcher

(NESSA -- USA )

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Trumpeter Leo Smith's 1979 album, two tracks in a quintet with Pheeroan Ak Laffondrums and Bobby Naughton on vibes, and one track of Smith with 3 harpists.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Luminous Axis Smith, Wadada Leo:
Luminous Axis

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Smith, Wadada Leo / Anthony Braxton: Saturn, Conjunct the Grand Canyon in a Sweet Embrace Smith, Wadada Leo / Anthony Braxton:
Saturn, Conjunct the Grand Canyon in a Sweet Embrace

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

Price: $14.95    

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Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John: Sonic Rivers Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John:
Sonic Rivers

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Tzadik's new Spectrum series begins with the collaboration of 3 legendary NY performers--Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet); George Lewis (trombone); John Zorn (alto sax)--in 8 technically superb and joyfully unique compositions and collective improvisations.

Smith, Wadada Leo & Tumo: Occupy The World [2 CDs] Smith, Wadada Leo & Tumo:
Occupy The World [2 CDs]

(Tum -- Finland )

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Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith composed these 5 works inspired by the Occupy movement for the 22-piece orchestra TUMO, an improvising orchestra that is assembled specifically for each project they participate in.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Creative Orchestra - Lake Biwa Smith, Wadada Leo:
Creative Orchestra - Lake Biwa

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Smith, Wadada Leo: Procession Of The Great Ancestry Smith, Wadada Leo:
Procession Of The Great Ancestry

(NESSA -- USA )

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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.

Smith, Wadada Leo: The Great Lakes Suites [2 CDs] Smith, Wadada Leo:
The Great Lakes Suites [2 CDs]

(Tum -- Finland )

Price: $22.95    

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Outstanding compositions and performances on a 2 disc set from trumpeter Leo Smith, each piece dedicated to one of the US Great Lakes, with multi-wind player Henry Threadgill, bassist John Lindberg, and drummer Jack DeJohnette, a milestone in a superlative career!

Smith, Wadada Leo's Golden Quartet: The Year of the Elephant Smith, Wadada Leo's Golden Quartet:
The Year of the Elephant

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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Smith's Mbira, Wadada Leo: Dark Lady Of The Sonnets Smith's Mbira, Wadada Leo:
Dark Lady Of The Sonnets

(Tum -- Finland )

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Drawing on American creative music, Mbira music of Zimbabwe, and traditional Chinese music, trumpeter Leo Smith's ensemble with drummer Pheeroan akLaff and pipa player Min Xiao-Fen perform 5 extraordinary compositions of lyrical vision.

Zorn, John: Unknown Masada - 10Th Anniversary Volume 3 Zorn, John:
Unknown Masada - 10Th Anniversary Volume 3

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Smith, Wadada Leo / John Lindberg: Celestial Weather Smith, Wadada Leo / John Lindberg:
Celestial Weather

(Tum -- Finland )

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Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and double bassist John Lindberg met in NYC to record this set of suites using an incredibly emotional palate of melodic, technical, and free playing, on a 2-part work for Malachi Favors, a 5-part "Celestial Weather Suite", and a 2-part "Feathers and Earth".

Smith, Wadada Leo: Red Chrysanthemums | Solos 1977 Smith, Wadada Leo:
Red Chrysanthemums | Solos 1977

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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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.

Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver): An Air of Unreality [VINYL] Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver):
An Air of Unreality [VINYL]

(RogueArt -- France )

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A live performance at Judson Church in Manhattan as part of the 20th Vision Festival from the NY/France free improvising trio of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Mat Maneri on viola, and Gerald Cleaver on drums and percussion, two tracks of steadily building, incredibly compatible dialog.

Braxton, Anthony: 3 Compositions Of New Jazz Braxton, Anthony:
3 Compositions Of New Jazz

(Delmark -- USA )

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Anthony Braxton's first album as a leader, recorded in 1968 with Braxton performing on sax, clarinet, flute, bagpipes, accordion, bells & snare, in the company of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and violinist Leroy Jenkins, each taking on a variety of instruments as well.

Braxton, Anthony: 3 Compositions Of New Jazz [VINYL] Braxton, Anthony:
3 Compositions Of New Jazz [VINYL]

(Delmark -- USA )

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Anthony Braxton's first album as a leader, recorded in 1968 with Braxton performing on sax, clarinet, flute, bagpipes, accordion, bells & snare, in the company of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and violinist Leroy Jenkins, each taking on a variety of instruments as well.

Pollak, Andreas / Johan Graden: Terror Of Positivity Pollak, Andreas / Johan Graden:
Terror Of Positivity

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The Swedish duo of percussionist Andreas Pollak and prepared pianist Johan Graden (Adam & Alma) in an album of references and innuendo, clandestine and furtive sounds that evoke great mystery and drama in beautifully shaped sound; evocative music that deceives to emerge from the electronic realm while in actuality coming from all acoustic sources.

London Improvisers Orchestra: Lio Leo Leon London Improvisers Orchestra:
Lio Leo Leon

(psi -- Great Britain )

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The complete performance at the 2010 Freedom of the City festival by the 38-member LIO with guest Wadada Leo Smith and conductions by Alison Blunt, Steve Beresford, Philipp Wachsmann, Caroline Kraabel, and Dave Tucker.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Najwa Smith, Wadada Leo:
Najwa

(Tum -- Finland )

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Paying tribute to musicians whose vision paved the way for modern creative players to use new approaches, language and philosophy in improvisation, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's band with four guitarists, electric bass, drums and percussion dedicates five incredible compositions to Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Billie Holiday.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Solo - Reflections And Meditations On Monk Smith, Wadada Leo:
Solo - Reflections And Meditations On Monk

(Tum -- Finland )

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An intimate album of solo trumpet from Wadada Leo Smith, performing compositions by Thelonious Monk, Smith professing in an essay in the accompanying booklet that he was motivated to become a composer by Monk above other contemporaries for his ideas of composition and bands; his admiration and love of Monk's work is clear in this beautifully lyrical album.

Smith, Wadada Leo Organic: Heart's Reflection [2 CDs] Smith, Wadada Leo Organic:
Heart's Reflection [2 CDs]

(Cuneiform -- USA )

Price: $23.95    

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An incredible double CD from trumpeter Leo Smith's Organic with Michael Gregory, Pheeroan AkLaff, Angelica Sanchez, Skuli Sverrisson, Brandon Ross, &c &c... incredible electric and acoustic jazz from the legendary improviser and innovator!

Naughton, Bobby / Wadada Leo Smith / Perry Robinson: The Haunt Naughton, Bobby / Wadada Leo Smith / Perry Robinson:
The Haunt

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Reissuing Otic Records' 1976 LP "The Haunt" led by Bobby Naughton on vibes in a trio with Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, and Perry Robinson on clarinet, very much in the India Navigation / loft scene vein of forward-thinking free improvisation: spacious and thoughtful as the players meticulously develop their concepts with uncompromising skill and artistry.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Rosa Parks: Pure Love Smith, Wadada Leo:
Rosa Parks: Pure Love

(Tum -- Finland )

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Inspired by the civil rights movement and the iconic Rosa Parks, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's album pays tribute through impressive compositional skills that merge work with RedKoral Quartet, Blue Trumpet Quartet, Diamond Voices, and Janus duo, featuring excerpts from Anthony Braxton, Steve McCall, Leroy Jenkins, and words from Martin Luther King Jr and a text by Rosa Parks.

Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand : Avis Aux Reacteurs Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand :
Avis Aux Reacteurs

(Inexhaustible Editions -- Slovenia )

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Recorded live at Silence Sounds in Guelph Canada, the duo of Xavier Charles on clarinet and Eric Normand on electric bass & objects eschew idiom in favor of their unique natural language on their instruments, applying patient development of truly idiosyncratic and fascinating command through a single extended work punctuated in seven diverse passages.

Mazzarella, Nick Trio: Counterbalance [VINYL] Mazzarella, Nick Trio:
Counterbalance [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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From 2008-16 until drummer Frank Rosaly moved to Amsterdam, alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella's Trio was an active part of Chicago's creative jazz scene; in early 2018 Rosaly returned for a visit and Mazzarella composed a suite of 6 new pieces to commemorate the trio's tenth anniversary, the exuberant result this excellent concert recorded at Co-Prosperity Sphere!

Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi: Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of C Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi:
Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen

(Black Truffle -- Australia )

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The 5th release from the trio of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Keiji Haino, guitarist Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi on wineglass and percussion is an introspective and beautifully developed set recorded live at their March 2013 concert at SuperDeluxe.

Livebatts! Livebatts!:

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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Recorded in the mid-90s, Livebatts! was a project of John White (Cornelius Cardew, Scratch Orchestra) developed to exploit "toy" keyboards of the 80s--cheap battery-driven instruments that hold tremendous potential for "serious" music-making--used here in a playful quartet with vocalist MJ Coldiron, Andrea Rocca (guitar & samples) and Nancy Ruffer (electrified flute).

Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux: Kobra Quartet  [CASSETTE w/ DOW Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux:
Kobra Quartet [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Quietly lurking as it prepares to attack, this Kobra is the free improvising quaret of Aurora Nealand on accordion, alto saxophone, voice & objects, Steve Marquette on acoustic & electric guitars, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Paul Thibodeaux on drums, captured live at Chicago's Hungry Brain during the Instigation Festival for a mysterious 2-part "New Omens" and some "Telly Attire".

Sharp, Elliott / Sergio Sorrentino: Spilla' Sharp, Elliott / Sergio Sorrentino:
Spilla'

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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'Spilla' means 'to play' in the language of Neapolitan musicians, and playing here are NY guitarist and composer Elliott Sharp and Italian guitarist Sergio Sorrentino, presenting world premier recordings of 4 works recorded live in Vercelli, Italy: two improvisations and two graphic scores performed on electric guitar with incredible technique and passion.

Foussat, Jean-Marc / Daunik Lazro / Evan Parker: Cafe OTO 2020 [2 CDs] Foussat, Jean-Marc / Daunik Lazro / Evan Parker:
Cafe OTO 2020 [2 CDs]

(Fou Records -- France )

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A momentous 2020 concert at London's Cafe OTO, presented in two discs, the 1st with label leader Jean-Marc Foussat in a solo improvisation on synth and voice, the 2nd in a trio with Daunik Lazro on tenor & baritone sax, and Evan Parker on soprano sax, the 2 saxophones weaving and responding to Foussat's remarkable alien soundscapes and vocalization in an immersive extended improvisation.

Laubrock, Ingrid / Kris Davis: Blood Moon Laubrock, Ingrid / Kris Davis:
Blood Moon

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and Vancouver pianist Kris Davis, both living and working in NY, and having worked together in a variety of groups including Laubrock's Anti-House, a trio with drummer Tyshawn Sorey, Tom Rainey's Obligatto, &c. &c., concentrate their sophisticated playing with this duo album of 7 original compositions and 2 free improvisations.

Russell, John / Ray Russell / Henry Kaiser / Olle Brice: The Dukes of Bedford Russell, John / Ray Russell / Henry Kaiser / Olle Brice:
The Dukes of Bedford

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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Exploring the lineage of the Dukes of Bedford, the Russell lineage in Bedford, England, in groupings of acoustic & electric guitarists John Russell, Ray Russell, and Henry Kaiser along with double bassist Ollie Brice, from duos to quartets, eight Duke "Russells" from 1680 to 2003 are explored through intricate and joyfully creative and technically amazing string improvisations.

Smith, Damon: Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light Smith, Damon:
Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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Taking his title from a poem by Octavio Paz with titles from translations by Lysander Kemp of other Octavio Paz poems, this solo album from double bassist Damon Smith is his definitive statement on the instrument: 23 tracks from 46 seconds to 5 minutes 50, developed over 15 years and displaying Smith's incredible technique and creative intent; incomparable.

Ziegele, Omri Tomorrow Trio (w / Bennink / Weber): All Those Yesterdays Ziegele, Omri Tomorrow Trio (w / Bennink / Weber):
All Those Yesterdays

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Using hard bop as his jumping off point, Swiss saxophonist Omri Ziegele Tomorrow Trio with Christian Weber on bass and Han Bennink on drums--musicians who have toured and performed together over years--went into the studio hot off of a 13 day tour to record these 6 Ziegele original compositions, lyrically balanced with room for exemplary soloing and group interplay.

Lowe, Frank: The Flam [VINYL] Lowe, Frank:
The Flam [VINYL]

(Black Saint Vinyl -- France )

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A major figure in the 1970s loft scene, tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe is heard on this 1975 studio album in the company of some of New York's finest free jazz players--Leo Smith on trumpet, Joseph Bowie on trombone, Alex Black on acoustic & electric bass, and Charles "Bobo" Shaw on drums--performing compositions from Lowe, Bowie, Smith & Shaw and one collective improvisation.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed: Sun Beans of Shimmering Light Smith, Wadada Leo / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed:
Sun Beans of Shimmering Light

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Brass, winds and percussion bring a beautiful dialog of spiritually rich improvsations from the trio of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Douglas Ewart on reeds & wind instruments, and Mike Reed on drums, recording in the studio in 2015 for five contemplative, often meditative, yet always bold dialogs that use spacious and free timing that showcases each player's masterful skills.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Bill Laswell / Milford Graves: Sacred Ceremonies [3 CDs] Smith, Wadada Leo / Bill Laswell / Milford Graves:
Sacred Ceremonies [3 CDs]

(Tum -- Finland )

Price: $54.95    

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The 2nd of two 3-CD sets released as trumpeter Wadada Leo nears his 80th birthday, these albums were recorded in 2015 & 2016 in bassist Bill Laswell's studio, the first presenting the duo of Smith and late drummer Milford Graves, the second a duo with Laswell, those discs leading to the expansive and outstanding full trio of Smith, Laswell & Graves on the final disc.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Trumpet [3 CDs] Smith, Wadada Leo:
Trumpet [3 CDs]

(Tum -- Finland )

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Pure Wadada Leo Smith in a 3-CD box set of solo recordings from 2016 captured at and using the natural resonance of the St. Mary's Church in the town of Pohja, on the Southern Coast of Finland, presenting fourteen new compositions, including four extended multi-part works, as Smith demonstrates his incredible authority, investigative spirit and spiritual approach to the horn.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Henry Kaiser / Alex Varty: Pacifica Koral Reef Smith, Wadada Leo / Henry Kaiser / Alex Varty:
Pacifica Koral Reef

(577 Records -- USA )

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Interpreting trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Ankhrasmation graphic score--the term joining the Egyptian symbol for life, the Ethiopian word for leader and the universal term for mother--Smith and guitarists Alex Varty & Henry Kaiser use the rich combination of visual cues and musical notation to record this rapturous and unduplicable album of profound and engaging improvisation.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Vijay Iyer / Jack Dejohnette : A Love Sonnet For Billie Holiday Smith, Wadada Leo / Vijay Iyer / Jack Dejohnette :
A Love Sonnet For Billie Holiday

(Tum -- Finland )

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One of two albums marking trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's 80th birthday, and showing his creative and technical skills still in peak form, here in a trio for the first time uniting independent collaborators, pianist & keyboardist Vijay Iyer and drummer Jack DeJohnette, in compositions from each of the performers plus one collective improvisation.

Smith, Wadada Leo Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies [4 CD BOX SET] Smith, Wadada Leo Great Lakes Quartet:
The Chicago Symphonies [4 CD BOX SET]

(Tum -- Finland )

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Inspired by Don Cherry's 1966 Symphony For Improvisers and intended to illustrate the profound cultural contributions Chicagoans & Midwesterners have made, trumpeter Leo Smith's presents four expansive symphonies, three performed with Henry Threadgill (sax & flute), John Lindberg (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums), the fourth with Jonathon Haffner (sax) plus Smith, Lindberg and DeJohnette.

Smith, Wadada Leo: String Quartets Nos. 1-12  [7-CD BOXSET] Smith, Wadada Leo:
String Quartets Nos. 1-12 [7-CD BOXSET]

(Tum -- Finland )

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Reordered on 9/13/2022

Since 1965 Wadada Leo Smith has developed string quartets influenced by a diverse set of composers including Ornette Coleman, Claude Debussy, Howlin' Wolf, Scott Joplin, Olly Wilson, &c. heard here in 12 Quartets from 3 major periods of his work, compositions exploring the African-American experience, with scores that leave room for interpretation and expression from his players.

Smith, Wadada Leo: The Emerald Duets [5 CD BOX SET] Smith, Wadada Leo:
The Emerald Duets [5 CD BOX SET]

(Tum -- Finland )

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Part of his 80th Anniversary celebration and subtitled "The Art Of The Trumpeter And Drummers", this 5-CD box set brings legendary improviser Wadada Leo Smith together with four long-time collaborators and masterful drummers--Andrew Cyrille, Jack DeJohnette, Pheeroan akLaff and Han Bennink--with Smith performing on both piano and trumpet.



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Smith, Wadada Leo / Henry Kaiser / Alex Varty: Pacifica Koral Reef

Smith, Wadada Leo Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies [4 CD BOX SET]

Smith, Wadada Leo / Vijay Iyer / Jack Dejohnette : A Love Sonnet For Billie Holiday

Smith, Wadada Leo / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed: Sun Beans of Shimmering Light

Foussat, Jean-Marc / Daunik Lazro / Evan Parker: Cafe OTO 2020 [2 CDs]

Smith, Wadada Leo / Bill Laswell / Milford Graves: Sacred Ceremonies [3 CDs]

Smith, Wadada Leo: Red Chrysanthemums | Solos 1977

Smith, Wadada Leo: Najwa

Smith, Wadada Leo: The Emerald Duets [5 CD BOX SET]

Smith, Wadada Leo: Solo - Reflections And Meditations On Monk

Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver): An Air of Unreality [VINYL]

Naughton, Bobby / Wadada Leo Smith / Perry Robinson: The Haunt

Smith, Wadada Leo: Rosa Parks: Pure Love

Laubrock, Ingrid / Kris Davis: Blood Moon

Smith, Wadada Leo: Trumpet [3 CDs]

Smith, Wadada Leo / John Lindberg: Celestial Weather

Smith, Wadada Leo: String Quartets Nos. 1-12 [7-CD BOXSET]

Smith's Mbira, Wadada Leo: Dark Lady Of The Sonnets

Russell, John / Ray Russell / Henry Kaiser / Olle Brice: The Dukes of Bedford

Smith, Wadada Leo & Tumo: Occupy The World [2 CDs]