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Wadada Leo Smith

Jez Nelson presents avant-garde trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in a concert with some of the UK's finest improvising percussion players.

With over 40 years on the clock as a premier avant-gardist, American trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is still breaking the mould. He performs here in an unusual line-up featuring leading British improvisers.

Smith is joined by two drummers Charles Hayward and Steve Noble as well as Orphy Robinson on electric vibes. Wadada treats his trumpet to live effects and processing, giving the gig a dark yet energising edge, reminiscent of Miles Davis's electric period.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Phil Smith.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 28 Jan 2013 23:00

Music Played

  • BBC Introducing Track

    • Moonlight Saving Time

      Douala

      Composer: David Gilmore Lyrics: Emily Wright

  • A New Golden Age? Stephen Graham on today’s jazz vocalists

    • Frank Holder

      Scat Singing

      Composer: Frank Holder

      • Carousel.
      • Mainstream.
    • Michael Bublé

      Come Fly With Me

      Composer: Sammy Cahn / James Van Heusen

      • Michael Bublé.
      • Warner Music.
    • Robbie Williams

      Ain't That A Kick In The Head

      Composer: James Van Heusen /Sammy Cahn

      • Swing When You're Winning.
      • Chrysalis Records / EMI.
    • Diana Krall

      Fly Me To The Moon

      Composer: Bart Howard

      • The Very Best of Diana Krall.
      • Universal Classics.
    • Jamie Cullum

      Lookin' Good

      Composer: Dave Frishberg

      • Pointless Nostalgic.
      • All Art Jazz / Candid.
    • Gregory Porter

      On My Way To Harlem

      Composer: Gregory Porter

      • Be Good.
      • Motéma.
    • Gregory Porter

      Real Good Hands

      Composer: Gregory Porter

      • Be Good.
      • Motéma.
    • Gregory Porter

      1960 What

      Composer: Gregory Porter

      • Water.
      • Motéma.
    • Kurt Schwitters

      Einleitung Und Erster Teil: Rondo

      Composer: Kurt Schwitters

      • Ursonate.
      • Wergo Records.
    • World Sanguine Report

      God Spat Human Blue Dance

      Composer: Andrew Edward Plummer

      • Skeleton Blush.
    • Esperanza Spalding

      Little Fly

      Composer: Esperanza Spalding Lyrics: Poem by William Blake

      • Chamber Music Society.
      • Heads Up.
    • Betty Carter

      The Trolley Song

      Composer: Ralph Blane / Hugh Martin

      • The Audience with Betty Carter.
      • Verve.
    • Azimuth

      Siren Song

      Composer: John Taylor Lyrics: Norma Winstone

      • Azimuth.
      • ECM.
    • Ayanna Witter-Johnson

      Unconditionally

      Composer: Ayanna Witter-Johnson

    • Christine Tobin

      The Intellectual Engineer

      Composer: Christine Tobin

      • You Draw the Line.
      • Babel.
    • Christine Tobin

      The Fisherman

      Composer: Christine Tobin Words: W. B. Yeats

      • Sailing to Byzantium.
      • Trail Belle Records.
    • Theo Bleckmann

      Saxophone Song

      Composer: Kate Bush

      • Hello Earth. The Music of Kate Bush.
      • Winter & Winter.
    • Ella Fitzgerald

      The Music Goes Round and Round

      Composer: Eddie Farley / Red Hodgson / Mike Riley

      • Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!.
      • Verve.
  • Wadada Leo Smith recorded at Café Oto, London on 27 August 2012

    • Wadada Leo Smith

      Untitled Improvisation

      Composer: Smith / Hayward / Noble / Robinson

    • Wadada Leo Smith

      Untitled Improvisation [Encore]

      Composer: Smith / Hayward / Noble / Robinson

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