of the Great Ancestry

nessa ncd-26

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Procession of the Great Ancestry is easily one of Wadada Leo Smith’s strongest recordings and its reemergence on disc is already setting the 2009 reissue bar very, very high.
- Clifford Allen,

Procession, recorded in 1983, includes 4 compositions dedicated to trumpet masters Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Booker Little and Roy Eldridge performed by a quartet including Bobby Naughton - vibes, Joe Fonda - bass and Kahil El'Zabar - percussion. On two vocal tracks the ensemble is joined by Mchaka Uba - bass and blues legend Louis Myers - guitar. The final track is a Martin Luther King tribute and the quartet is joined by tenor saxophonist John Powell.

Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn, kalimba, voice)
Bobby Naughton (vibraphone)
Joe Fonda (bass)
Kahil El Zabar (drums, balafon, kalimba, percussion)
Louis Myers (electric guitar)
Mchaka Uba (bass)
John Powell (tenor saxophone)

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Trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith’s second of two dates for Nessa Records is a true embodiment of the AACM Great Black Music aesthetic. Procession of the Great Ancestry is a very mature record, Smith’s concept of rhythm-units clearly defined, ripening aesthetically yet tied to a sense of history.
- Clifford Allen, (read full review)

a u d i o   s a m p l e s

1. Blues: Jah Jah Is The Perfect Love (mp3)

2. Procession Of The Great Ancestry (For Miles Davis)

3. The Flower That Seeds The Earth

4. Third World, Grainery Of Pure Earth (For Roy Eldridge)

5. Who Killed David Walker?

6. Celestrial Sparks In the Sanctuary of Redemption (For Dizzy Gillespie)

7. Nuru Light: The Prince of Peace (For Martin Luther King)

© 1997-2011 Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith