The trouble with the jazz community is when it comes down to it basically everyone is really talented. That’s just what it takes to make it anywhere on the scene so criticism can be a bit tricky. No one wants to be the one to tell a pillar of the jazz scene that their album, although filled with great playing, didn’t signify an important musical moment. Also, the value placed on in-the-moment feeling in jazz makes it hard to discern important artistic albums and albums that are more or less a re-iteration of the artist’s past accomplishments.
All that out of the way I haven’t entirely made up my mind on this album. The playing is fantastic, pieces written well, and the communication between both players is really advanced, but is it going to be remembered as an important Wadada Leo Smith record?
Only time will tell.