Bill Laswell

Wadada Leo Smith with Milford Graves and Bill Laswell: Sacred Ceremonies

As he approached his eightieth birthday, Wadada Leo Smith could have been content to sit out the year of nothingness that Covid-19 brought in 2020 and beyond. With his 2013 Pulitzer Prize nomination, a 2016 Doris Duke Award, and nearly one-hundred recording credits, the trumpeter & multi-instrumentalist has landed at the top of countless polls throughout his distinguished career. But, stepping away from the music, if only for a brief respite, is not part of the improviser's plan so, in the first half of 2021, Smith gives us two TUM Records box sets. Here, the focus is on his three-disc release, Sacred Ceremonies.

Happy Birthday Bill Laswell

Happy birthday Bill Laswell. Oscillate wildly. Read our review of the excellent Ornette Coleman tribute album featuring Laswell, John Zorn, Patti Smith, Nels Cline, Thurston Moore, Laurie Anderson, Branford Marsalis, Cecil Taylor and more:. Essential New Music: Ornette Coleman And Various Artists’ “Celebrate Ornette”