A Continuing Conversation of Trumpet and Drum: Wadada Leo Smith Marches to the Beat of a Different Drummer (…Four, in Fact)

In the year leading up to his 80th birthday this past December, the ageless trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith released no less than three multi-disc boxed sets — including The Chicago Symphonies, a much-heralded four-CD set with his Great Lakes Quartet (featuring Henry Threadgill) — and two single discs, one of which, A Love Sonnet for

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