Exposé Online banner

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith
Country
United States
Profile
Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (born December 18, 1941) is an American trumpeter and composer, working primarily in the fields of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. He was one of three finalists for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Ten Freedom Summers, released on May 22, 2012.
Website
http://www.wadadaleosmith.com
Related articles (7)
Releases on file (22)
Wadada Leo Smith — Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs Wadada Leo Smith — Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs
(TUM Records 057, 2019, CD)
Wadada Leo Smith / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori — Aspiration Wadada Leo Smith / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori — Aspiration
(Libra 204-043, 2017, CD)
Wadada Leo Smith — Najwa Wadada Leo Smith — Najwa
(TUM Records 049, 2017, CD)
Wadada Leo Smith — Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk Wadada Leo Smith — Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk
(TUM Records 053, 2017, CD)
Wadada Leo Smith — America's National Parks Wadada Leo Smith — America's National Parks
(Cuneiform Rune 430/431, 2016, 2CD)
Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith — A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith — A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
(ECM 2486, 2016, CD)
Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg — Celestial Weather Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg — Celestial Weather
(TUM Records 046, 2015, CD)
Wadada Leo Smith — The Great Lakes Suites Wadada Leo Smith — The Great Lakes Suites
(TUM Records 041, 2014, 2CD)
Red Hill — Red Hill Red Hill — Red Hill
(RareNoise RNR044, 2014, CD)
Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo — Ancestors Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo — Ancestors
(TUM Records 029, 2012, CD)
Wadada Leo Smith — Ten Freedom Summers Wadada Leo Smith — Ten Freedom Summers
(Cuneiform Rune 350/351/352/353, 2012, 4CD)
Wadada Leo Smith's Organic — Heart's Reflections Wadada Leo Smith's Organic — Heart's Reflections
(Cuneiform Rune 330/331, 2011, 2CD)
Wadada Leo Smith — Spiritual Dimensions Wadada Leo Smith — Spiritual Dimensions
(Cuneiform Rune 290/291, 2009, 2CD)
Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet — Tabligh Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet — Tabligh
(Cuneiform Rune 270, 2008, CD)
Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith : Yo Miles! — Upriver Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith : Yo Miles! — Upriver
(Cuneiform Rune 201/202, 2005, 2CD)
Wadada Leo Smith — Lake Biwa Wadada Leo Smith — Lake Biwa
(Tzadik TZ 8008, 2004, CD)
Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith : Yo Miles! — Sky Garden Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith : Yo Miles! — Sky Garden
(Cuneiform Rune 191/192, 2004, 2CD)
Spring Heel Jack — The Sweetness of the Water Spring Heel Jack — The Sweetness of the Water
(Thirsty Ear THI57146.2, 2004, CD)
Various Artists — VisionFest : VisionLive Various Artists — VisionFest : VisionLive
(Thirsty Ear THI 57131.2, 2003, CD+DVD)
Wadada Leo Smith — Luminous Axis (Caravans of Winter and Summer) Wadada Leo Smith — Luminous Axis (Caravans of Winter and Summer)
(Tzadik TZ 7083, 2002, CD)
Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith — Yo Miles! Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith — Yo Miles!
(Shanachie 5046, 1998, 2CD)
Wadada Leo Smith — Procession of the Great Ancestry Wadada Leo Smith — Procession of the Great Ancestry
(Nessa ncd-26, 1989/2009, CD)

Latest news

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Liberation. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Divine Baze Orchestra - Once We Were Born – The Divine Baze Orchestra is a new Swedish heavy progressive rock band with a 70s retro sound. Oliver Eek (guitars, backing vocals) and Christian Eklöf (drums, percussion) formed the band in 2003....  (2008) » Read more

Crimson Jazz Trio - King Crimson Songbook Volume 2 – The late Ian Wallace championed the completion of his trio’s second recording but never had the chance to hear the final fruits of his labor. Together with pianist Jody Nardine and bassist Tim...  (2010) » Read more

Landberk - Dream Dance – Landberk's second CD-EP breaks no new territory, nor develops on their practically patented style, yet again delivers the goods. While I find that their music isn't as translatable live (both...  (1996) » Read more

The Pineapple Thief - 10 Stories Down – I have been following Pineapple Thief for a few releases, and 10 Stories Down is another offering of alternative-prog fusion. The good news is that Bruce Soord and company still have a gift for...  (2006) » Read more

Chaos Code - The Tragedy of Leaps and Bounds – I’m fairly convinced that in a blindfold test you could convince many listeners that this album was originally released in 1972. I’m reminded of the time when musicians all around the...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues