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Wadada Leo Smith: Dreaming on the Outskirts

Wadada Leo Smith
The hands of Wadada Leo Smith

To reach the township of Piru, head east out of the megalopolis of Los Angeles. Turn left after the amusement park known as Magic Mountain (no relation to Thomas Mann). Head farther out. There you are, in close proximity to the urban magnet but

a world away, not unlike the artistic life of one of its celebrated residents, veteran trumpeter-composer-theorist Wadada Leo Smith.

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