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Spirit Catcher (album)

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Released  1979
Length  38:34 (LP) 49:47 (CD)
Budding of a Rose (1978)  Spirit Catcher (1979)
Release date  1979
Genre  Jazz
Recorded  May 21, 1979
Producer  Chuck Nessa
Artist  Wadada Leo Smith
Label  Nessa Records
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Studio  Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Similar  Wadada Leo Smith albums, Jazz albums

Spirit Catcher is an album by American jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith which was recorded in 1979 and released on Nessa Records. He leads the New Dalta Akhri, a quintet with Dwight Andrews, Bobby Naughton, Wes Brown and Pheeroan akLaff, in two original compositions: "Images" and "Spirit Catcher". In addition, Smith prepared a very unusual piece for muted trumpet and three harps: "The Burning of Stones", a composition dedicated to Anthony Braxton with elements of two traditions involving harp-like instruments, the West African kora and the Japanese koto. The 2009 CD reissue adds an alternate version of this piece.



In his review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow states "This is thought-provoking music that grows in interest with each listen." The All About Jazz review by Clifford Allen says "Recorded crisply by Rudy Van Gelder (unlike the somewhat murky Kabell LPs), Spirit Catcher presents Smith's earlier music with clarity and warmth."

Track listing

All compositions by Wadada Leo Smith
  1. "Images" - 19:09
  2. "The Burning of Stones" - 9:42
  3. "Spirit Catcher" - 9:43

Bonus track on CD

  1. "The Burning of Stones" first version - 11:13


  • Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Dwight Andrews - clarinet, tenor sax, wooden flute
  • Bobby Naughton - vibraharp
  • Wes Brown - bass, wooden flute
  • Pheeroan AkLaff - drums
  • Irene Emanuel - harp
  • Carol Emanuel - harp
  • Ruth Emanuel - harp
  • Songs

    2The Burning Of Stones
    3Spirit Catcher


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