The Great Lakes Suite
Wadada Leo Smith
TUM CD 041-2
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Two of the most enduring voices avant-garde jazz belong to trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and reedman Henry Threadgill. Smith's The Great Lakes Suites, six of his distinctive compositions on a two CD set, teams the two icons inside the equilateral quartet that includes drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist John Lindberg. It sounds like a dream team, and it is. DeJohnette has played on Smith's Golden Quartet, Lindberg has joined the trumpeter in a variety of contexts, groups large and small. Threadgill is new to the fold.
This crew of free jazz veterans—all in their seventies with the exception of the youngster, the mid-fiftiesh Lindberg—have created, under Wadada Leo Smith's leadership, one of the freshest, most original sets of the new millennium.