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Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet

The Year of the Elephant

  • Type CD
  • Label Pi Recordings
  • UPC 0808713000429
  • Catalog number PI 04
  • Release date 15 December 2008
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About the album

The Year of the Elephant is the first album by the Golden Quartet as a working band. Their previous album, Golden Quartet, was recorded before the band had ever played out live together. The time in-between the two recordings has given the group the opportunity to perform live and immerse themselves further in Wadada’s very personal and unique music. The Year of the Elephant captures the sound of the band in a way their first recording did not. Their grasp of the music and the bands sound has grown significantly. The band has been a dream of Wadada’s for some time. Its members bridge many different periods of his life, from his beginnings in the AACM with Malachi, to playing with DeJohnette in Chicago before he left for New York City, to Anthony’s early developmental days in Connecticut. Wadada’s writing for this album touches on ballads, blues, improvisational pieces, and funk. The time spent with each person of the Golden Quartet has forged a bond between him and Wadada that invests some of the quieter moments of the CD with an intimacy rarely heard today. The band now truly sounds greater than the individual parts.

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    Al-Madinah
     
    10:02
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    Al-Madinah
     
    10:02
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    Piru
     
    10:52
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    Piru
     
    10:52
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    The Zamzam Well a Stream of a Pure Light
     
    08:57
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    The Zamzam Well a Stream of a Pure Light
     
    08:57
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    Kangaroo's Hollow
     
    07:06
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    Kangaroo's Hollow
     
    07:06
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    The Year of the Elephant
     
    09:19
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    The Year of the Elephant
     
    09:19
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    Miles Star in 3 parts: I-II) Star/Seed, III) Blue Fire
     
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    Miles Star in 3 parts: I-II) Star/Seed, III) Blue Fire
     
    14:17

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