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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: CUNEIFORM
  • ASIN: B007JZFX9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dred Scott: 1857
2. Malik Al Shabazz and the People of the Shahada
3. Emmett Till: Defiant, Fearless
4. Thurgood Marshall and Brown vs. Board of Education: A Dream of Equal Education, 1954
5. John F. Kennedy's New Frontier and the Space Age, 1960
Disc: 2
1. Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 381Days
2. Black Church
3. Freedom Summer: Voter Registration, Acts of Compassion and Empowerment, 1964
4. Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society and the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Disc: 3
1. The Freedom Riders Ride
2. Medgar Evers: A Love-Voice of a Thousand Years Journey For Liberty and Justice
3. The D.C. Wall: A War Memorial For All Times
4. Buzzsaw: The Myth of a Free Press
5. The Little Rock Nine: A Force For Desegregation In Education, 1957
Disc: 4
1. America, Parts 1, 2 & 3
2. September 11th, 2001: A Memorial
3. Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, 1964
4. Democracy
5. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Memphis, the Prophecy

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Play any one of these 19 songs and you're confronted or seduced by gorgeous sound combinations. Ensembles break apart and re-form into audacious musical shapes that you'll remember like landmarks, even when the music's off. Smith's trumpet savors meditative dissonance along with strings and harp; his Golden Quartet or Quintet, sometimes featuring two drummers, races through passages of wild improvisation. The whole thing is impressive, yes, but also spellbinding, like the book you read for school that alters how you think about everything. --PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2012 : The 75 Best Albums of 2012

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Lauded as one of the most vital musicians on the planet by Coda, and "one of the most imaginative and explorative composers in creative music." by John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith is one of the most visionary, boldly original and artistically important figures in contemporary American Jazz and free music, and one of the most distinctive trumpet players of our time.

Spread out over four discs, Ten Freedom Summers is based on the Civil Rights Movement in the USA and Wadada Leo Smith has been working on it on and off for over 30 years. It features performances by his Golden Quartet/Quintet and a small chamber ensemble, including Anthony Davis, John Lindberg, Pheeroan AkLaaf, Susie Ibarra and others. Wadada's previous albums on Cuneiform have been extremely strong sellers and have received huge critical acclaim and strong radio play and Ten Freedom Summers is not only a truly remarkable recording, it is Wadada s piece de resistance of his musical accomplishments. Having recently turned 70 and more active now than anytime in his career, with Ten Freedom Summers , Wadada Leo Smith continues to point forward in his work.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Last Person You'd Expect on December 29, 2012
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Ten Freedom Summers is a collection of compositions mixing chamber orchestration provided by the ten-member Southwest Chamber Music ensemble and the cerebral avant-garde jazz we normally associate with WL Smith, provided by the familiar Golden Quartet. The tracks average about twelve minutes in length and range from five to over twenty minutes, spanning four discs.

This is the culmination of decades of work and is not simply an appendix to his more well-known works; the nineteen compositions here might be some of the most patiently and intricately-crafted of his career (or anybody's career), and I don't say 'patient' or 'intricate' lightly. In fact, in the few months I've been listening, I've yet to come close to wrapping my head around it because there's just so much happening within every track. The way it blends the now-well-known avant-garde jazz traditions with what is considered 'classical music' distances the album considerably from any familiar genre, although the jazzier sections owe a lot to Miles Davis's atmospheric style (In A Silent Way, Bitch's Brew).

Unlike most of jazz, the compositions here are more theatrical; enjoying them almost requires that you sit still and listen. It's therefore not easy to put it on a 'best-of-2012' list alongside names like Vijay Iyer. Despite its low-key release (like most of WL Smith's) and the fact that it was recorded in less time than the average lo-fi punk album (live, in 3 sessions), this could very well someday qualify as one of the most important recordings in modern music. If you're on the ropes about buying this, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TSK on July 25, 2012
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A monumental achievement. Very gratifying to see Wadada methodically delineate in his titles the direct revolutionary connection--a connection that always exists but is rarely made explicit--between the jazz avant-garde and the history of the (ongoing) struggle for social justice in America. It would be nice if this set included, say, a 60-page booklet that filled in this history in detail for those with little background in this area, but at under $24 for a four-disc set--which is even cheaper than the download, for some reason--this is not even a quibble. Hats off to Cuneiform, Wadada, and all the musicians for making this an eleventh freedom summer.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen D Griffith on December 11, 2012
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Wadada Leo Smith has been very active in recording recently and this is the realization of a long-term project. He goes back and forth between performing with a small group (Golden Quartet/Quintet) and a contemporary classical group (and both). This reasonably priced four disc set is full of challenging music for the listener that probably should be enjoyed one disc at a time rather than a marathon listening session. Despite the quality of the set, anybody unfamiliar with Smith should probably investigate his earlier small group recordings to determine if this would be to their liking.
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