This duo has established its own abstract-concrete musical space. In a mature dimension, magic can be produced like this, using spurs to ramble to a cosmic organon: essential fruits of a long life. As demanding as they are pleasing. World-class calm.
Despite its rarity, the constellation of trumpet and drums as a duo does have a small tradition: in 1969, Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell; in 1997, Bill Dixon and Tony Oxley. Here, Smith enters the intimacy of a duo, a place where Miles Davis never dared to go. Yet Davis's legacy shimmers through in Smith's happy interplay with Sommer.
Harriet Tubmans...We spoke years ago. A phone interview with a guy in Bozeman MT for KGLT radio. Thanks for Araminta...and working Leo Smith. It's getting airplay out this way. Best...Brodie Brodie Cates
There is an instant feeling of something unique happening here...a tension, the sustained moment, the precision of the memorable creation of silence: the engagement of the intellect made tangible through sound and space...pretentious? I don't think so.
I've been listening to this field of interaction for more years than I can recount and you get a feeling when you are listening to something on an altogether different level...a true meeting of the spirits. John Cratchley