For the Record: June 17, 2022

Source: Night After Night.

An efflorescence of Wadada Leo Smith releases on the Finnish label TUM, which started last year in observance of the trumpeter, composer, and bandleader’s 80th birthday, continues with the release of two further multi-disc sets.

I won’t claim to have made it all the way through the cycle of Smith’s twelve string quartets over the last few weeks of sporadic listening, though I’m not far off since No. 10 is playing as I type this. Nor will I claim any thorough comprehension of these works, all of which I’m just getting to know. But what a privilege it is to get to discover this vital, varied, and fascinating oeuvre through polished, committed performances by artists who’ve worked closely with the composer.