Wadada Leo Smith

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith

Also known as Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Ismail Wadada Leo Smith, Leo Wadada Smith, Smith, Wadada, Wadada Selassie (L. Smith)
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Discography of Wadada Leo Smith:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 50⁸ 9 Audio 2004 Tzadik
2 Lake Biwa 4 Audio 2004-11-00 Tzadik
3 Golden Quartet 5 Audio 2000-04-00 Tzadik
4 Kabell Years 1971-1979 33 Audio 2004-02-00 Tzadik
5 Cosmos Has Spirit 4 Audio 1992 Scissors
6 Saturn, Conjunct The Grand Canyon In A Sweet Embrace 3 Audio 2004-08-00 Pi Recordings (2)
7 Snakish 14 Audio 2005 Leo Records
8 Light Upon Light 5 Audio 1999-07-00 Tzadik
9 Prataksis 8 Audio 1997 Nine Winds Records
10 The Sweetness Of The Water 8 Audio 2004-06-08 Thirsty Ear
11 America 6 Audio 2009-05-00 Tzadik
12 Abbey Road Quartet 5 Audio 2009 Treader
13 Condor, Autumn Wind 10 Audio 1998-05-00 Wobbly Rail
14 Brooklyn Duos 7 Audio 2007 Treader
15 Organic Resonance 4 Audio 2003-07-00 Pi Recordings (2)
16 Procession Of The Great Ancestry 7 Audio 2009-02-17 Nessa Records
17 The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer 10 Audio 2010 Kabell Records
18 Ten Freedom Summers 19 Audio 2012 Cuneiform Records
19 Sky Garden 13 Audio 2004 Cuneiform Records
20 Sky Garden 13 Audio 2003 Par Media Music
21 Upriver 12 Audio 2005 Cuneiform Records
22 Screaming In Daytime (Makes Men Forget) 5 Audio 2012 pfMENTUM
23 Ancestors 5 Audio 2012-10-16 TUM Records
24 Red Sulphur Sky 12 Audio 2001-09-00 Tzadik
25 Occupy The World 5 Audio 2013-06-18 TUM Records
26 Twine Forest 8 Audio 2013-10-00 Clean Feed
27 Dreaming With Serpents 6 Audio 1999 Acoustic Levitation
28 Compassion 7 Audio 2006
29 Luminous Axis (The Caravans Of Winter And Summer) 15 Audio 2002-02-00 Tzadik
30 The Stone 4 Audio 2014-07-29 M.O.D. Technologies
31 The Great Lakes Suites 6 Audio 2014-08-00 TUM Records
32 Red Hill 6 Audio 2014-09-00 RareNoise Records

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpet-player, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. He was born December 18, 1941, in Leland, Mississippi. His early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands where he played drums, mellophone and French horn before he settled on the trumpet. At the age of thirteen, he became immersed within the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his father, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76) where he studied ethnomusicology.

He has taught at the University of New Haven 1975-76, the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY. 1975-78, and Bard College 1987-93. He is currently a professor of Music at the California Institute of the Arts, and is the director of the MFA program in African American Improvisation. He is a member of ASCAP Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. He has received numerous awards as a composer and musician.

In the mid eighties, he became Rastafarian and began using the name Wadada.

He has composed music for solo, ensemble, classical and creative orchestra and stage works. His compositions have been performed by his own Nda-Kulture ensemble as well as numerous other contemporary music ensembles. He has performed with almost every important artist in the creative improvised music scene.

He is a co-founder of the [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Creative+Construction+Company]Creative Construction Company[/url] with [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Leroy+Jenkins]Leroy Jenkins[/url] and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Anthony+Braxton]Anthony Braxton[/url], and the founder of the New Dalta Ahkri which includes [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Henry+Threadgill]Henry Threadgill[/url], [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Anthony+Davis+(2)]Anthony Davis[/url] and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Oliver+Lake]Oliver Lake[/url]. His current group is the Golden Quartet. The original quartet featured [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Jack+DeJohnette]Jack DeJohnette[/url], [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Anthony+Davis]Anthony Davis[/url] and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Malachi+Favors]Malachi Favors[/url]. The New Golden Gate Quartet consists of Smith, Vijay Iyer on piano, [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/John+Lindberg]John Lindberg[/url] on bass and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Ronald+Shannon+Jackson]Ronald Shannon Jackson[/url] on drums.

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