Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: digipackowe etui

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Wadada Leo Smith składa hołd mistrzom, którzy odeszli grać w wielkiej niebiańskiej orkiestrze. Wadada Leo Smith na swojej najnowszej płycie pochyla się czworgiem wspaniałych twórców, którzy zmienili oblicze jazzu, jak mało kto, czyli: Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Ronald Shannon Jackson i Billie Holiday.

Płyta składa się z czterech obszernych kompozycji-impresji zadedykowanych każdemu z czworga wybrańców. Ale też jak sam Wadada dodaje "Napisałem dla Billie więcej utworów niż być może ktokolwiek inny. Billie była wielką wykonawczynią i kompozytorką. Fakt wyboru pozostałych trzech twórców za to już nie powinien nikogo za bardzo dziwić. Dla Wadady to muzycy ważni i refleksy ich twórczości w pewien sposób słychać w muzyce legendarnego trębacza, jeśli wsłuchać się w nią głęboko, a z Shannonem Jacksonem również grywał w swoim wspaniałym Golden Quartet.

Zaciekawienie wzbudza natomiast dobór instrumentów. Najwa to album zagrany w towarzystwie z jednej strony Bila Laswella, Pheeroana akLaffa i Adama Rudolpha, z drugiej w kompanii czterech gitarzystów : Michaela Gregory’ego Jacksona, Henry’ego Kaisera, Brandona Rossa i swojego wnuka
Lamara Smitha. Ze wszystkimi czterema Smith współpracował już przed laty. Z pierwszym jeszcze w latach 70., z drugim podczas nagrania słynnej płyty „Yo! Miles”, a z pozostałymi dwoma w grupie Organic.
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"Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler stepped forward with a language and a philosophy that broke the boundary between melody/harmony/form and philosophical thinking. It opened up for musicians a fresh view of how to think about music and its meaning, with a completely different idea about sound/rhythm and form. These artists renewed the journey of creative music by not carrying forward all the baggage of the old language, which was based on harmonic progressions. Now, we as a creative community have these multiplicity pathways of musical languages and systems that have resulted in a whole new reality with people like Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill and other artists, who understand that systems and languages are the new vision for creative music and the way ahead for more discoveries."-Wadada Leo Smith

"Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's introductory liner notes to Najwa begin with Muddy Waters, so we'll begin there, too.

Wadada Leo Smith was born in 1941, in Leland, Mississippi, around the time Alan Lomax showed up down in Clarksdale, Miss., to record-among many others-McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters. The Lomax field recordings of Waters and his band became the album Down On Stovall's Plantation (Universe Records, 1966). It was an all acoustic affair. Then, shortly after these tunes were recorded, Waters moved to Chicago, discovered the advantages of the electric guitar and plugged in, and lined up a relationship with Chess Records that changed American music.

Smith, with roots in the same soil that birthed the blues-and Muddy Waters-received his first tutelage in music from his stepfather, Alex "Little Bill" Wallace," another seminal electric guitar-playing bluesman. Smith also traveled the Muddy Waters, north-to-south pilgrimage to Chicago, where he convened with the musicians of the avant-garde AACM.

With Najwa, Smith revisits, in a way, his earliest influences, with a guitar album of sorts. As such, the music celebrates free jazz pioneer, Ornette Coleman; and the high priest of jazz saxophone, John Coltrane; the orchestral and "multi-sonic" drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson; love; and lastly the Crown Princess of Jazz Vocalists, Billie Holiday.

Smith's band features four guitarists who paint translucent colors over odd, muscular bass/drums/percussion grooves. It is an airier sound than he goes for with his group Organic--a near-big band conglomeration featuring multiple guitar line-ups. Considering four guitar guys coming at you, the luminescent Najwa is-for the most part-a surprisingly uncluttered sound. The guitars weave ephemeral textures, entwinements of blurry threads, smeared and glowing. Smith's trumpet is a human voice, by turns plaintive, sharp, concise, piercing, joyous, tranquil. Smith, like Miles Davis before him, maintains a consistent horn sound; his voice doesn't change. It's the sounds around him that change.

Smith often goes epic. He opens Najwa with the anthemic, sixteen minute "Ornette Coleman's Harmolodic Sonic Hierographic Forms: A Resonance Change In The Millennium" to get your attention, then helps you find religion with the fourteen minute "Ohnedaruth John Coltrane: The Master Of Kosmic Music And His Spirituality In A Love Supreme." The relatively brief title tune is an ode to love lost, a gorgeous soundtrack to a dream, or a portal to a parallel dimension, before the disc's tribute aspect reemerges with a nod to the late drummer, and sometimes participant in Smith's Golden Quartet, Ronald Shannon Jackson, on the dark-hued and insistently rhythmic "Ronald Shannon Jackson: The Master Of Symphonic Drumming and Multi-Sonic Rhythms, Inscriptions Of Rare Beauty." Smith's love letter to vocalist Billie Holiday closes the set. Titled, in typical Smithian fashion, "The Empress, Lady Day: In a Rainbow Garden, with Yellow-Gold Hot Springs, Surrounded By Exotic Plant And Flowers," it wraps this superb recording up with great beauty and a sacred serenity.

And a nod to the set's bassist, Bill Laswell, for his strong but supple and off kilter quasi-funk undercurrents (and sometimes over-currents), and for his assistance in the additions of post recording tweakings and enhancements-always understated and spot on in their elevations of Wadada Leo Smith's singular sounds and concepts."-Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

Includes a 37 page booklet of essays, photos, images and text.

Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Michael Gregory Jackson: guitars
Henry Kaiser: guitars
Brandon Ross: guitars
Lamar Smith: guitars
Bill Laswell: electric bass
Pheeroan akLaff: drums
Adam Rudolph: percussion

1. Ornette Coleman´s Harmolodic Sonic Hierographic Forms: A Resonance Change In The Millennium 16:22
2. Ohnedaruth John Coltrane: The Master Of Kosmic Music And His Spirituality In A Love Supreme 14:00
3. Najwa 3:31
4. Ronald Shannon Jackson: The Master Of Symphonic Drumming And Multi-Sonic Rhythms, Inscriptions Of A Rare Beauty 11:49
5. The Empress, Lady Day: In A Rainbow Garden, With Yellow-Gold Hot Springs, Surrounded By Exotic Plants And Flowers 10:01

wydano: 20 december 2017
nagrano: Recorded at MSR Studios in New York City on March 6 and 7, 2014

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