AACM gears up for Wadada Leo Smith in Chicago

Source: Chicago Tribune.

“We’re going to do the same as we’d planned for the last concert,” says Dawkins, meaning the first part of the concert will feature Smith playing solo in music from his album “Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk.”

The second set will spotlight Smith with the Great Black Music Ensemble – more than a dozen strong – in two major Smith compositions: “Joy: Spiritual Fire: Joy” and “Queen Hatshepsut.” Considering that Smith will be joined by such formidable Chicago experimenters as Dawkins, Ben Lamar Gay, Steve Berry, Dee Alexander and Maggie Brown, the music-making could be dynamic.