Jazz it up US style
CUTTING-edge American jazz is at the Wigmore Hall tomorrow evening (Friday) when avant-garde trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and pianist Vijay Iyer play items from their new album A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke.
It’s inter-generational jazz, Smith harking back to the 1950s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in Chicago and Vijay Iyer being very much a product of more recent New York jazz leanings.
Centrepiece of their collaboration is a seven-part suite, nearly an hour in length, Iyer often switching betweern acoustic piano and electronica, Smith playing incantatory, high register phrases or mixed-tempo riffing.
Closing number is a Smith composition called Marian Anderson, dedicted to the African-American contralto who broke the colour bar at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1955.