• wadada leo smith The Great Lakes Suite (double CD, £17.50)

    Wadada Leo Smith's small ensemble, the Great Lakes Quartet, is a true super group in creative music, it includes two legends in their own right, saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill and drummer Jack DeJohnette, The quartet is completed by another master on his own instrument, bassist John Lindberg, who was born in Detroit, another city on the Great Lakes. For the Great Lakes Suites, Smith composed an extended new work for each of the five lakes that traditionally are considered to comprise the Great Lakes, and also added a sixth composition, "Lake St. Clair," which is dedicated not only to that smaller lake in the same region wishing to be considered a Great Lake, but also to saxophonist Oliver Lake, undoubtedly another Great Lake.


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