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Rosa Parks: Pure Love by Wadada Leo Smith

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Album Title: Rosa Parks: Pure Love
By: Wadada Leo Smith
Label: TUM Records
Released: 2019


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Fiona's Comments

Justly intense, not always beautiful, "Pure Love" cuts to the heart of the tribute.

About the Album

"Rosa Parks: Mercy, Music for Double Quartet" is a track from Wadada Leo Smith's album "Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs," out February 15, 2019 via TUM Records. Another extended composition by Smith inspired by the civil rights movement in the United States, this major work is composed for the iconic civil rights hero Rosa Parks (1913-2005). Featured are three vocalists Karen Parks, Min Xiao-Fen, and Carmina Escobar performing with a string quartet (RedKoral Quartet), a trumpet quartet (BlueTrumpet Quartet), a drum-set (Pheeroan akLaff), and electronics (Hardedge) as well as video in live performance. "The oratorio is composed for the iconic Rosa Parks, a person of exceptional courage and wisdom, who made the right move of resistance at the right time," says Smith. "Her action generated a movement worldwide for liberty and justice for human beings." It is released in February 2019 to celebrate Rosa Parks' birthday on February 4.

Track Listing

Prelude: Journey; Vision Dance 1: Resistance and Unity; Rosa Parks: Mercy, Music for Double Quartet; Song 1: The Montgomery Bus Boycott - 381 Days of Fire; Song 2: The First Light, Gold; Vision Dance 2: Defiance, Justice and Liberation; Song 3: Change It!; Song 4: The Truth; Song 5: No Fear; Vision Dance 3: Rosa´s Blue Lake; Song 6: The Second Light; Vision Dance 4: A Blue Casa; Song 7: Pure Love; The Known World: Apartheid; Postlude: Victory!


Blue Trumpet Quartet: Wadada Leo Smith: composer, trumpet; Ted Daniel: trumpet; Hugh Ragin: trumpet; Graham Haynes: cornet. Red Koral String Quartet: Andrew McIntosh: viola; Mona Tian: violin; Shalini Vijayan: violin; Ashley Walters; cello. Diamond Voices: Min Xiao-Fen, Carmina Escobar, Karen Parks: vocals. Janus Duo: Pheeroan akLatf: drum set; Hardedge: electronics. Musical excerpts: Anthony Braxton: alto saxophone (6); Leroy Jenkins: violin (7); Steve McCall, drum-set (6).


Date featured

February 11, 2019

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