November 29, 2015 – 5:23 am

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Paris 2015 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France; October 19, 2015. Excellent webcast?

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in creative contemporary music for over 40 years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator.

The Théâtre de la Ville, the Théâtre du Châtelet and The Festival d’Automne à Paris have joined forces to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) - an experimental music organisation founded in Chicago in 1965 by four musicians,  pianist Muhal Richard Abrams.pianist Jodie Christian, cornet player Kelan Phil Cohran and drummer Steve McCall, looking for new ways to create and improvise.

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Thanks to Lewojazz for the master; and to elgaucho for sharing the show at Dime.

Picture by Michael Jackson, posted at downbeat.com - Thanks!

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Track 01. Untitled 1 14:51 (24.9MB)
Track 02. Untitled 2 - Part A 12:01 (20.2MB)
Track 03. Untitled 2 - Part B 6:25 (10.8MB)
Track 04. Untitled 3 12:27 (20.9MB)
Track 05. Untitled 4 3:01 (5.1MB)
49 mins

The Untitled 2 track has been arbitrarily split for easier access.

Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, electronics
Anthony Davis - piano
John Lindberg - bass
Mike Reed - drums

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  1. 2 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: WADADA LEO SMITH - PARIS 2015”

  2. Now here’s a true surprise! This ought to be thrilling, though I wonder what the electronics will result in!? Thanks

    By Chris Wolter on Nov 29, 2015

  3. Thanks for featuring this interesting band. I’m just becoming familiar with a couple of WLS’s recent recordings. I’m surprised you haven’t had more feedback for this post. Although there is a lot of improvised and even some free jazz content, this is not chaos - it is very listenable. There is a lot of space and beautiful somber passages with moody horn solos. There is an obvious electric Miles influence and the first track, with the electric piano, reminds me a little of the lost quintet.

    By zaar locust on Dec 1, 2015

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