Golden Hearts Remembrance

Kabel / Chap Chap

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Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith and N'Da Kulture

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith

Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Mbira, Nokhan, Flute, Voice, etc.

Glenn Horiuchi - Piano, Shamisen

William Roper - Tuba

David Philipson
- Bansuri (bamboo flutes)

Sonship Theus
- Drumkit

Harumi Makino Smith
- Poetry

Recorded in 1997, Wadada Leo Smith's N'da Kulture has created a music that transcends all forms by integrating many of them into an amorphous yet deeply moving whole. This sextet, which uses Eastern and Western instruments, authors into being a kind of folk music for the emerging century, one that relies deeply on poetry, improvisation, subtleties in tone, timbre, and rhythm.

The six pieces here reflect Smith's ongoing concern with marrying the vanguard jazz tradition he comes from to the history of the ages in Eastern music, particularly the music of Asia. Glenn Horiuchi plays piano and shiamsen, Hakumi Makino Smith reads poetry, William Roper plays tuba, David Philipson plays bansuri and tambura, and Sonship Theus plays drums. All of the works here segue into others, shimmering along with spatial reflections and subtle tonal interaction that relies on the execution of sound as sound rather than as a series of notes to be correctly played in a composition. As a result, soundclashes become sonant washes of envelopment, traces of ghost musics playing in trance and tapestry. There is no one body to this music because it comes from an emptiness, an interconnectedness of approach, technique, conical shape and sound; they sing a resounding yes to the future.

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Emmeya (for Alex Wallace) | Lotus Garden (for Amiya Dasgupta)

Tawhid (for Lamar) | Golden Hearts Rememberance, A Nur Bakshad

(for Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh) | Condor (memorial for Dizzy Gillespie)

Mother: Sarah Brown-Smith-Wallace (1920-92)


p r e s s    r e v i e w s

"There are two pieces with remarkable rhythmic patterns - this Afro-Indian Jazz is the music I've been waiting for."

Record Collector - Japan

"Japanese and American culture have embraced one another through jazz, poetry and instruments."

CD Journal - Japan

"With his unique musical world, Wadada Leo Smith has developed a harmony of oriental mystcism and Afro-American enthusiasm"

Swing Journal - Japan

"This is a trans-cultural music performance which came from each member's originality. It is the presence we feel now, but can not call just "Jazz." It is a deep expression of the opposite side of our society. The performances in this CD include improvised music which lets us feel its freshness and energy, and brings people to another dimention."

Jazz Life - Japan

d i s t r i b u t i o n   i n f o

For distribution info for Japan, please contact:

Chap Chap Records
1863 Shinden, Hofu-shi, Yamaguch-ken, 747 Japan
Tel & Fax +81- (0) 835 - 24 - 2244

For all other distribution info,
please send an email.

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