Improv & Avant-Garde: Year in Review 2010
Published Nov 29, 2010Wadada Leo Smith Spiritual Dimensions (Cuneiform)
Wadada Leo Smith illustrates by example how art and funk can coexist. It's a marvellous thing to hear the groove being so beautifully dropped into trance vibe and in the same release being able to hear complex improvisations sparkle with colour and life. On this double CD, each disc features a radically different ensemble, yet both are very much steeped in Smith's iconic vision of contemporary black music. From Miles Davis -style stoner throb to referencing the Art Ensemble of Chicago's sweeping African narratives, Smith and ensembles take the music and spray-bomb the air like multi-armed graffiti ninjas.