Wadada Leo Smith

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith

Also known as Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Ismail Wadada Leo Smith, Leo Wadada Smith, Smith, Wadada, Wadada Selassie (L. Smith)
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Discography of Wadada Leo Smith:

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Pages of releases table:
# Cover Release title Total tracks Download full release in mp3 Release Date Label
1

50⁸

9 mp3 2004 Tzadik
2

Lake Biwa

4 mp3 2004-11-00 Tzadik
3

Golden Quartet

5 mp3 2000-04-00 Tzadik
4

Kabell Years 1971-1979

33 mp3 2004-02-00 Tzadik
5

Cosmos Has Spirit

4 mp3 1992 Scissors
6

Saturn, Conjunct The Grand Canyon In A Sweet Embrace

3 mp3 2004-08-00 Pi Recordings (2)
7

Snakish

14 mp3 2005 Leo Records
8

Light Upon Light

5 mp3 1999-07-00 Tzadik
9

Prataksis

8 mp3 1997 Nine Winds Records
10

The Sweetness Of The Water

8 mp3 2004-06-08 Thirsty Ear
11

America

6 mp3 2009-05-00 Tzadik
12

Abbey Road Quartet

5 mp3 2009 Treader
13

Condor, Autumn Wind

10 mp3 1998-05-00 Wobbly Rail
14

Brooklyn Duos

7 mp3 2007 Treader
15

Organic Resonance

4 mp3 2003-07-00 Pi Recordings (2)
16

Procession Of The Great Ancestry

7 mp3 2009-02-17 Nessa Records
17

The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer

10 mp3 2010 Kabell Records
18

Ten Freedom Summers

19 mp3 2012 Cuneiform Records
19

Sky Garden

13 mp3 2004 Cuneiform Records
20

Sky Garden

13 mp3 2003 Par Media Music
21

Upriver

12 mp3 2005 Cuneiform Records
22

Screaming In Daytime (Makes Men Forget)

5 mp3 2012 pfMENTUM
23

Ancestors

5 mp3 2012-10-16 TUM Records
24

Red Sulphur Sky

12 mp3 2001-09-00 Tzadik
25

Occupy The World

5 mp3 2013-06-18 TUM Records
26

Twine Forest

8 mp3 2013-10-00 Clean Feed
27

Dreaming With Serpents

6 mp3 1999 Acoustic Levitation
28

Compassion

7 mp3 2006
29

Luminous Axis (The Caravans Of Winter And Summer)

15 mp3 2002-02-00 Tzadik
30

The Stone

4 mp3 2014-07-29 M.O.D. Technologies
31

The Great Lakes Suites

6 mp3 2014-08-00 TUM Records
32

Red Hill

6 mp3 2014-09-00 RareNoise Records
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Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpet-player, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. He was born December 18, 1941, in Leland, Mississippi. His early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands where he played drums, mellophone and French horn before he settled on the trumpet. At the age of thirteen, he became immersed within the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his father, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76) where he studied ethnomusicology.
He has taught at the University of New Haven 1975-76, the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY. 1975-78, and Bard College 1987-93. He is currently a professor of Music at the California Institute of the Arts, and is the director of the MFA program in African American Improvisation. He is a member of ASCAP Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. He has received numerous awards as a composer and musician.
In the mid eighties, he became Rastafarian and began using the name Wadada.
He has composed music for solo, ensemble, classical and creative orchestra and stage works. His compositions have been performed by his own Nda-Kulture ensemble as well as numerous other contemporary music ensembles. He has performed with almost every important artist in the creative improvised music scene.
He is a co-founder of the [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Creative+Construction+CompanyCreative Construction Company[/url with [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Leroy+JenkinsLeroy Jenkins[/url and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Anthony+BraxtonAnthony Braxton[/url, and the founder of the New Dalta Ahkri which includes [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Henry+ThreadgillHenry Threadgill[/url, [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Anthony+Davis+(2)Anthony Davis[/url and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Oliver+LakeOliver Lake[/url. His current group is the Golden Quartet. The original quartet featured [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Jack+DeJohnetteJack DeJohnette[/url, [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Anthony+DavisAnthony Davis[/url and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Malachi+FavorsMalachi Favors[/url. The New Golden Gate Quartet consists of Smith, Vijay Iyer on piano, [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/John+LindbergJohn Lindberg[/url on bass and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Ronald+Shannon+JacksonRonald Shannon Jackson[/url on drums.

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