The Abdul Wadud Ensemble, Studio WIS, N.Y.C., 1980

I recently discussed my adoration for Abdul Wadud over at The Hum. While I was writing the previous entry on Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, I came across this incredible recording from 1980 of Wadud’s Ensemble. It’s short, but packed with remarkable sounds. Apparently a full recording of the evening exists. I hope it sees the light of day. The performers are Abdul Wadud, Joe Daley, Warren Smith, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Hafiz Shabbaz, Bill Cole, and others. Studio WIS was a prominent venue during New York’s Loft era of Free-Jazz – run by the percussionist Warren Smith. Enjoy and cross you fingers for more.



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