Album Review

Smith, Wadada Leo / Rudolph, Adam – “Compassion ” – [Meta]

Jawbone   3/30/2007   CD, Jazz

The cover may have the appearance of a Windham Hill release and the track titles may sound all new age syrupy (Sun Ray Colors and Rainbow Images), but this disc of free jazz improv duets by Wadada Leo Smith and Adam Rudolph is not for the faint of heart. This is quiet, but heady stuff. Recorded in concert in 2002 (audience edited out), released in 2006, it is at times ethereal, rocking, worldly, whispering, but always transforming and moving on. Smith makes his trumpet and flugelhorn chortle, choke, whisper, belt and sing and Rudolph does everything else, playing handrums and percussion and reeds from all over the world and even taking a stab at Tuvan-style throat singing alternating with scatting.

Following is a list of the track titles and what they should have been:

1. ???Beauty: Aquamarine Night??? (3:30)- Waiting for Godot
2. ???Sun Ray Colors and Rainbow Images??? (10:16)- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Mars
3. ???Fragrance of Light??? (3:11)- Yosemite Sam Spits in His Cartoon Spitoon
4. ???Love Rhythms, Heart Songs??? (13:06)- Maynard G. Krebs Goes to College
5. ???Song of Humanity??? (4:30)- Kung Fu Episode #151: Grasshopper Meets Rooster Cogburn
6. ???Silver Dream Circle??? (7:13)- Bell, Book and Candle
7. ???The Caller and the Called??? (4:49)- Floaty McBoaty Groove Juice


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