Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Wadada Leo Smith's "Heart's Reflections:" Electric Music That Isn't According to Formula
This is no rote funk thing. Rhythms are loosely jazzesque, sometimes even free, and the Wadada compositions go way beyond a few ostinatos and running lines.
This is electric music that dares to be art music. It's miles beyond a Miles tribute band. It's a Wadada's music band. Free electric post-funk? That's one label to put on it. The point is that there is an evolved group sound that brings fascination. Wadada has gotten a bead on where to take the music and he is taking it there.
Probably the most important electric band working in the music today and this is one of their very finest (double) albums. You have to check it out!