Wadada Leo Smith, Rosa Parks: Pure Love

By | March 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Wadada Leo Smith, Rosa Parks: Pure Love

Wadada Leo Smith’s new composition, Rosa Parks: Pure Love, was inspired by the civil rights movement and performed for the first time in September 2016 at the New School in NYC as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Smith describes these seven oratorios as a pure and emotional tribute to Parks, and how she was a “person of exceptional courage and wisdom, who made the right move of resistance at the right time.” There’s no doubt that Parks’ actions were influential and well-known, but little will prepare you for the sheer anger and force of this music, an angry and confrontational blast of sound that captures the sea change, one that underlines the simple idea that Rosa Parks held–that “you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”

Rosa Parks: Pure Love is comprised of short pieces that Wadada Leo Smith has composed in the fifty years since that defining moment, as well as new material he has written.… Read the full article