Wadada’s Sound of Love: Wadada Leo Smith enters his 81st year on a creative high

In a career that spans seven decades, starting in 1967 when he moved to Chicago and met saxophonist Anthony Braxton and violinist Leroy Jenkins, Wadada Leo Smith has compiled a vertiginous tower of work: Solo trumpet albums as emotive as they are virtuosic. Rigorously inventive small groups, some of which employ his unique “language scores”

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