Smith, Wadada Leo - Tabligh
Wadada Leo Smith is a well-respected trumpeter and composer who has worked sole in the field of avant-garde jazz and improvisation throughout his 40 year career. He was an early member of Chicago’s legendary AACM, joining in 1967 and co-founded the Creative Construction Company, a trio with Leroy Jenkins and Anthony Braxton in the late 60s. In 1971 Smith formed his own label, Kabell, for whom he recorded a number of albums considered classics of their kind. In the last several decades, he has studied a variety of music cultures (African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American) and has developed a music theory, and a notation system to fully express this music which he calls "Ankhrasmation". He has been a major force in contemporary jazz for five decades and performs frequently throughout the world. We first worked with Wadada when we released the two "Yo Miles" albums, of which he was co-leader, and we both enjoyed working together so much that we decided to work together again on one of his own works.
This is the third album by Wadada’s all-star Golden Quartet, which features four major names in modern and avant-garde jazz:
Wadada Leo Smith-trumpet
Vijay Iyer-piano, Fender Rhodes & synthesizer
Recorded live, the sound on Tabligh veers from a sound akin to early electric jazz ala "In A Silent Way" and especially 'the lost quintet' of Miles in late 1969, to both more sparse and modern jazz fare, all of it informed by the distinctive personalities of these four players and their leader's musical concepts.
"Smith is working a his highest level since the mid '70s. This quartet - with its combination of maturity, craftsmanship, and sense of adventure - is the perfect band to realize Smith's deepening vision."-Ed Hazell, Boston Globe