A surprising electric project from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith
– a set billed to a group named Organic, but which also has sounds that take us back to the best electric/
acoustic avant moments of the 80s! The set's heavy on world jazz influences, but also really uses its electric elements strongly, too – in ways that almost recall some of the best Bill Laswell productions of years back – but with a freer, more open sound that's clearly guided strongly by Smith
. In addition to both electric and acoustic versions of the trumpet played by Smith
, and guitars from Michael Gregory, the set also features a fair bit of other guitars and electric bass, plus tenor from Casey Butler and alto from Casey Anderson, and even a bit of laptop as well. The first cut's a tribute to Don Cherry – and like the best of Cherry's experiments of this nature, Smith
really keeps the best organic spirit in mind – proof that the name of the group is well chosen! Titles include "Hearts Reflections – Splendors Of Light & Purification" and "Don Cherry's Electric Sonic Garden".