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Najwa by Wadada Leo Smith

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Album Title: Najwa
Label: TUM Records
Released: 2017


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Fiona's Comments

Ry Cooder, tumbleweed, Mulder and Scully, little needle marks tapped into unwitting medullae, panoramas of spatial dawn skies... that crazy little thing called love. #alien #gofulllaswell #goformiles #thingsthatmakeyougowoo

About the Album

"Najwa" is the title track from composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's new album "Najwa." Joining Smith is all-star lineup with Michael Gregory Jackson, Henry Kaiser, Brandon Ross and Lamar Smith on guitar, Bill Laswell on electric bass, Pheeroan akLaff on drums, and Adam Rudolph on percussion. The album consists of four compositions in tribute to past masters of creative music, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Billie Holiday, as well as the title track "Najwa," in remembrance of a love lost.

Track Listing

Ornette Coleman's Harmolodic Sonic Hierographic Forms: A Resonance Change in The Millennium; Ohnedaruth John Coltrane: The Master of Kosmic Music and His Spirituality in a Love Supreme; Najwa; Ronald Shannon Jackson: The Master of Symphonic Drumming and Multisonic Rhythms, Inscriptions of Rare Beauty; The Empress, Lady Day: In a Rainbow Garden, With Yellow-Gold Hot Springs, Surrounded by Exotic Plants and Flowers.


Additional Personnel

Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet; Michael Gregory Jackson: guitars; Henry Kaiser: guitars; Brandon Ross: guitars; Lamar Smith: guitars; Bill Laswell: electric bass; Pheeroan akLaff: drums; Adam Rudolph: percussion.


  • Najwa by Chris M. Slawecki
  • Najwa by Maurizio Comandini
  • Najwa by John Sharpe
  • Najwa by Jerome Wilson
  • Najwa by Dan McClenaghan

Date featured

November 24, 2017

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