Wadada Leo Smith

The Great Lakes Suite (TUM CD 041-2)

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The Great Lakes Suite

Wadada Leo Smith

Tum Records


TUM 144237

TUM CD 041-2



The Great Lakes Suite

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CD 16,52 €


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.


  • WADADA LEO SMITH, trumpet
  • HENRY THREADGILL, alto sax
  • JOHN LINBERG, bass
  • JACK DeJOHNETTE, drums

CD 1:

  • 01 Lake Michigan
  • 02 Lake Ontario
  • 03 Lake Superio

CD 2:

  • 04 Lake Huron
  • 05 Lake Erie
  • 06 Lake St. Clairr