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Rastafari (album)

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Released  1983
Length  39:41
Release date  1983
Label  Sackville Records
Recorded  June 12, 1983
Artist  Wadada Leo Smith
Producer  Bill Smith
Genre  Jazz
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Studio  McClear Place Studios, Toronto
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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."

Track listing

  1. "Rastafari" (Wadada Leo Smith) - 7:30
  2. "Rituals" (Bill Smith) - 11:56
  3. "Madder Lake" (David Prentice) - 11:05
  4. "Little Bits" (Bill Smith) - 9:10


  • Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion, harmonica
  • Bill Smith - soprano sax, sopranino sax, alto clarinet
  • David Prentice - violin
  • David Lee - bass, cello
  • Larry Porter - vibraphone
  • References

    Rastafari (album) Wikipedia