REVIEW: Wadada Leo Smith & TUMO’s “Occupy The World”

 photo WadadaLST_cover_zps7ac98ffd.jpg Occupy The World (TUM) is the type of jazz album constructed with the same type of sanctity not unlike the works of Duke Ellington or Charles Mingus. Wadada Leo Smith and TUMO have recorded a wonderful collection of songs where the listener is taken somewhere new and unfamilar, covered over five songs spread over two discs, where the shortest song on the album is under 16 minutes. “Queen Hatshepsut” begins like a classical piece where the instruments make a massive dramatic entrance before things move from free jazz to playful doodling to crafty sonic excursions, and you want to stay for the complete 144 journey because you know you’re not going to leave it the same way you entered. Even the song titles tell about the journey and where one is meant to place themselves: “Crossing On A Southern Road (A Memorial For Marion Brown)”, “Mount Kilimanjaro (Love And Compassion for John Lindberg)”, and “Occupy The World For Life, Liberty And Justice”. You realize these are not only journeys and excursions but cries and pleas for a bit of peace and sanity in a hectic world. If one can’t experience in reality, one is able to experience the potential of this in sound.

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