Spiritual Dimensions

by Wadada Leo Smith

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"...a welcome reminder of Smith's continued importance in the continuum of creative improvised music."
– All About Jazz

"...not only as inventive and adventurous as he was when he was a younger player, but his creativity and ability to direct a band into new territory is actually farther reaching than ever before. This is brilliant work."
– All Music Guide

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released October 6, 2009

Spiritual Dimensions is a double album that features two very special groups, both filled with truly great and legendary musicians! Both discs were recorded live to capture the energy and spirit that Smith's shows have.

The first album is by his Golden Quintet. This disc is a modern/avant jazz release that has some distinctive electric touches and features many of the hallmarks of Wadada's work; space, depth, melody and abstraction:
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Vijay Iyer – piano, synthesizer
John Lindberg – bass
Pheeroan AkLaff – drums
Don Moye – drums

The second album is the first-ever release of Wadada's Organic group and is a completely different creature. It's a fully electric, four guitar, creative, bad-ass beast with slinky grooves, but the same hallmarks run through this set as well:
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Nels Cline – guitar
Michael Gregory – guitar
Brandon Ross – guitar
Lamar Smith – guitar
Okkyung Lee – cello
John Lindberg – double bass
Skuli Sverrisson – electric bass
Pheeroan AkLaff – drums

The easiest comparison between the albums can be drawn by listening to the two different versions of the composition South Central L.A. Kulture, which appears at the last track by the Golden Quintet and as the first track by Organic; its inclusion here in two versions is a good example of how Smith’s compositions can mutate to embrace new settings.

Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quintet

Recorded live at Vision XIII, June 13, 2008, New York City.
Stefan Heger - recording engineer

Mixing at Flower Studios, Ojai, CA.
Jeff Evans - mixing engineer

Wadada Leo Smith - executive producer


Wadada Leo Smith's Organic

Recorded live at Firehouse 12, April 17, 2009, New Haven, CT.
Nick Lloyd - recording engineer

Nels Cline's overdubs recorded at Soop Studios, Los Angeles.
Casey Butler - recording engineer at Soop

Mixed at 4D Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Liberty Ellman - mixing engineer, with Michael Gregory and Wadada Leo Smith

Michael Gregory - producer
Wadada Leo Smith - executive producer

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