"Celestial Weather" (TUM Records), recorded in 2012, features the unique voices of Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg. Friends and musical partners (on-and-off) since 1977, the duo play 3 extended pieces, a pair of 2-part works (one composed by each musician) and the 5-part title "Suite" credited to the duo.
The "Suite" lasts nearly 35 minutes, each section dedicated to bad weather. The artists use their poetic license to suggest a hurricane, to create a eulogy for a typhoon (great muted trumpet and expressive - often moaning bass lines), to intimate the danger of a cyclone, to wander through but not fear an icy fog, and, in a most impressive manner, paint the dangers and express the fearful wonder of chasing a tornado. It's true, the titles gives a guidepost to the listener and it's fun to match the sounds to the description but this is also music that involves one on so many ways.
|photo by Lyn Horton|
For more information, go to tumrecords.com/046-celestial-weather.