Release date 1983
Label Sackville Records
|Recorded June 12, 1983|
Artist Wadada Leo Smith
Producer Bill Smith
|Studio McClear Place Studios, Toronto|
Rastafari (1983) The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer (1986)
Similar Kulture Jazz, Ten Freedom Summers, Golden Hearts Remembrance, Wisdom in Time, Divine Love
Rastafari is an album by American jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith with the Bill Smith ensemble, which was released in 1983 on the Canadian Sackville label. The trumpeter considers the recording a cooperative effort, it is Bill Smith, co-founder of Sackville and producer of the album, who made it a "Leo Smith record". It was reissued on CD in 2003 with new artwork by Boxholder.
In his review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow states "The playing by these adventurous musicians is advanced and quite free on the four group originals, and all five players share equally in the creation of these fresh explorations."
- "Rastafari" (Wadada Leo Smith) - 7:30
- "Rituals" (Bill Smith) - 11:56
- "Madder Lake" (David Prentice) - 11:05
- "Little Bits" (Bill Smith) - 9:10