• wadada leo smith Solo: Reflections and Meditations On Monk (CD, £13.50)

    This Wadada Leo Smith album features his solo trumpet on four classic Thelonious Monk compositions and four new compositions by Smith inspired by Monk, the artist that Smith feels closest to in the historic continuum of creative music. From the time he listened to the early masters of modern jazz as a teenager, Smith felt that "It was Monk, his ideas of a band and composition, that were the closest to what I dreamed of being as an artist." In addition to four classic Monk compositions, "Ruby, My Dear", "Reflections", "Crepuscule With Nellie" and "'Round Midnight", the album includes four new compositions by Smith inspired by Monk and his personal history - whether real, imagined or dreamed. Together, the pieces form a unique collection wherein the two composers seem to communicate with each other through Smith's solo performances. All About Jazz - 5***** review Oct 2017. Jazz Da Gama - excellent review Nov 2017. London Jazz News - excellent review Nov 2017.

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