IoS album review: Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo, Ancestors (Tum)


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Trumpeter Smith – whose epic Ten Freedom Summers is probably the most impressive jazz recording of the year – left segregated Mississippi for the army at around the same time as drummer Moholo-Moholo joined the soon-to-be-exiled Blue Notes in apartheid Cape Town.

This free-jazz duo from a Finnish festival last year has moments where not much is happening, but the restless rhythms form a powerful contrast to Smith’s expressive smears.