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The Year of The Elephant

by Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet

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“Passages of collective interaction that are as varied, unpredictable and satisfying.”
—Duck Baker, Jazz Times

“This is exploratory, passionate jazz that’s made with love and skill by four singular talents; a supergroup in the truest sense of the word.”
— Peter Marsh, BBC

“Golden indeed; the band’s ethereal textures and incisive lyricism sound like no one else’s.”
— Art Lange, Pulse!

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released September 17, 2002

Malachi Favors Maghostut - bass
Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet & flugelhorn
Jack DeJohnette - drums & synthesizer
Anthony Davis - piano & synthesizer

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Wadada Leo Smith Chicago, Illinois

With his dry tone, extended use of silence and abrupt smears of color, Smith is different than most trumpet players. He was exposed to the blues early on and the improvisational traditions of the Delta blues as well as influences from around the world are into his work. He has taught at several esteemed universities and has held the Dizzy Gillespie Chair at the CA Institute of the Arts since 1993. ... more

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