Ttrumpeter/composer/visionary Wadada Leo Smith’s civil rights opus Ten Freedom Summers is coming soon. Smith considers this project “one of my life’s defining works.”
This 4-CD set of 19 pieces will be released May 22, 2012 on Cuneiform.
Recorded shortly after the music’s October 2011 world premiere in Los Angeles this project features one of Smith’s most significant working groups, The Golden Quintet with the composer on trumpet, pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg, and drummers Susie Ibarra and Pheeroan akLaff, as well as the nine-member, Los Angeles-based contemporary classical group, Southwest Chamber Music, under the direction of Grammy-winning conductor Jeff von der Schmidt. It documents a stunning accomplishment by a musical giant in the midst of an astonishing creative surge. Continue reading