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Program 708: Wadada in the 21st Century

KALW Broadcast Date: August 7, 2022 | Host: Henry Kaiser

Host Henry Kaiser escorts listeners on a carefully-curated musical adventure through the many recordings that Wadada Leo Smith has made since 2001. Wadada’s recording career began back in 1971 and he has appeared on more than 200 albums: jazz, blues, world music, new music composition, free improvisation, creative music, electronic music, and more. Kaiser has been a friend and collaborator with Wadada for nearly 50 years, as well as being a close student of his music.

Program Audio

30-Second Spot

Track Info & Links
STRING QUARTETS Nos. 1 - 12 album cover

Title: String Quartet No. 10 “Angela Davis: Into the Morning Sunlight”
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: RedKoral Quartet
Recording Title: STRING QUARTETS Nos. 1 – 12
Catalog Number: TUM BOX 005

Lebroba album cover

Title: TURIYA: ALICE COLTRANE MEDITATIONS AND DREAMS LOVE
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell, and Andrew Cyrille
Recording Title: Lebroba
Catalog Number: ECM

The Great Lakes Suites album cover

Title: LAKE SUPERIOR
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, John Lindberg, and Jack DeJohnette
Recording Title: The Great Lakes Suites
Catalog Number: TUM CD 041-2

DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS album cover

Title: DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Wadada Leo Smith trumpet and flugelhorn, Min Xiao-Fen pipa and voice, Pheeroan akLaff drums
Recording Title: DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS
Catalog Number: TUM CD 023

NAJWA album cover

Title: The Empress, Lady Day: In a Rainbow Garden, with Yellow-Gold Hot Springs, Surrounded by Exotic Plants and Flowers
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Wadada Leo Smith trumpet, Michael Gregory Jackson
guitars, Henry Kaiser guitars, Brandon Ross guitars, Lamar Smith guitars,
Bill Laswell electric bass, Pheeroan akLaff drums, Adam Rudolph percussion
Recording Title: NAJWA
Catalog Number: TUM CD 049

America's National Parks album cover

Title: Eileen Jackson Southern,1920-2002: A Literary National Park
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Wadada Leo Smith trumpet, director of the ensemble, Anthony Davis piano, Ashley Walters cello, John Lindberg bass, Pheeroan akLaff drums
Recording Title: America’s National Parks
Catalog Number: Cuneiform Records – Rune 430/431

THE EMERALD DUETS - MYSTERIOUS SONIC FIELDS album cover

Title: Johnny Dyani, The Artist Who Imagined A New South Africa. A Celebration
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Wadada Leo Smith and Han Bennink
Recording Title: THE EMERALD DUETS – MYSTERIOUS SONIC FIELDS
Catalog Number: TUM BOX 006

Araminta album cover

Title: President Obama’s Speech At The Selma Bridge
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Melvin Gibbs, Wadada Leo Smith, Brandon Ross, JT Lewis
Recording Title: Araminta
Catalog Number: Sunnyside – SSC1459

Wind Crystals: Guitar Duets By Wadada Leo Smith album cover

Title: TS-5 (afmie)
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Henry Kaiser + Eugene Chadbourne
Recording Title: Wind Crystals: Guitar Duets By Wadada Leo Smith
Catalog Number: Relative Pitch Records – RPR1083

ASPIRATION album cover

Title: LIBERATION
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii, Wadada Leo Smith, and Ikue Mori
Recording Title: ASPIRATION
Catalog Number: Libra Records– 204-043

THE EMERALD DUETS - MYSTERIOUS SONIC FIELDS album cover

Title: Albert Einstein: Particles Of Light, A Study In Perception
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Wadada Leo Smith and Han Bennink
Recording Title: THE EMERALD DUETS – MYSTERIOUS SONIC FIELDS
Catalog Number: TUM BOX 00

PACIFICA KORAL REEF album cover

Title: PACIFICA KORAL REEF (excerpt)
Composer: Wadada Leo Smith
Performers: Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith
Recording Title: PACIFICA KORAL REEF
Catalog Number: 577 Records 5884

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