Compassion

Wadada Leo Smith &
Adam Rudolph


Kabell / Meta
2006

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Long-time collaborators Wadada Leo Smith and Adam Rudolph perform improvised/composed duets from a 2002 live performance in Venice, CA. Both are masters of their mediums: Rudolph plays a variety of percussion instruments and at least one wind instrument to sonically shade, color, and texturize; Smith uses trumpet and flugelhorn in conventional and extended ways to complement him. With improvisers of this depth, the journey takes many unexpected turns, all rewarding.

Wadada Leo Smith  - trumpet, flugelhorn

Adam Rudolph - handrumset, dusu’ngoni, sibsi, vocal, kalimbas, gongs, cymbals, percussion

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Compassion, a beautiful duet recording by Wadada Leo Smith and Adam Rudolph, provides a welcome addition to jazz' long tradition of spiritual expression. Recorded live in 2002 at a concert in Venice, California, the disc features Smith on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Rudolph on handrumset, dusu'ngoni, sibsi, vocal, kalimbas, gongs, cymbals and percussion.

Florence Wetzel - AllAboutJazz.com
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Released jointly on Kabell and Meta, the respective labels of its two participants, the genesis of Compassion makes perfect sense. Wadada Leo Smith and Adam Rudolph have traveled in kindred creative music circles over the years. Rudolph first worked with AACM founder Fred Anderson, appearing on several of the saxophonist’s early recordings. Smith also fostered early ties to the AACM and like Rudolph has routinely investigated indigenous cultures as sources for musical inspiration. The honorific “master musician” safely applies to both men and their meeting on record is long overdue.

Derek Taylor - DustedMagazine.com
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This is a unique CD, just trumpet and percussion. Wadada Leo Smith and Adam Rudolph both belong to the free jazz avant-garde, masters with great technical skill, unafraid to search for entirely new forms of expression, but always with a strong spiritual element into it.

Stef Gijsells -freejazzblogspot.com
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Long-time occasional collaborators Wadada Leo Smith and Adam Rudolph perform improvised/composed duets from a 2002 performance live at Venice’s Electric Lodge on Compassion, newly released on Rudolph’s Meta Records. Both are masters of their mediums: Rudolph plays a variety of percussion instruments and at least one wind instrument to sonically shade, color, and texturize; Smith uses trumpet and flugelhorn in conventional and extended ways to complement him. With improvisers of this depth, the journey takes many unexpected turns, all rewarding.

Rex Butters - AllAboutJazz.com
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1. Beauty: Aquamarine Night  - 3:30
2. Sun Ray Colors and Rainbow Images  - 10:16
3. Fragrance of Light  - 3:11
4. Love Rhythms, Heart Songs  - 13:06
5. Song of Humanity  - 4:30
6. Silver Dream Circle  - 7:13
7. The Caller and the Called  - 4:49

Recorded live in concert June 29, 2002
at The Electric Lodge, Venice, CA

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