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Smith, Wadada Leo / Dejohnette, Jack – “America” – [Tzadik]

surferrosa   11/8/2011   CD, Jazz

Released in 2009, here is a collaboratoin between trumpeter Wadada Leo Smth and Drummer Jack DeJohnette. The drumming here is off the hook. DeJohnette is noteworthy for having performed and recorded with many jazz greats in the late 60s and 70s, particularily for his work with Miles Davis, whose influence can be heard all over this recording, especially through Leo Smith’s approach. The music here is sporadic, It is chaotic, melodic, calm and hectic all at once. It has a free jazz feel while maintaining a tangible sound. Trumpet trills and rolling drum lines, straight, unprocessed analog sounds push the dynamic between rhythm and space. There are only two musicians here buy they full up a whole lot of space. Make note! All tracks end early, between 10-23 seconds before the track time hits zero, so be mindful. – Surfer Rosa

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