Ten Freedom Summers - Wadada Leo Smith
Metascore
99

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 3, 2012
    100
    In this globalised but fragmented world, now so obsessed with immediacy, rapidity and digestibility, Ten Freedom Summers is a visionary work of protest and power.
  2. Nov 9, 2012
    100
    Another classic of the genre is born.
  3. Nov 9, 2012
    100
    In four and a half hours, Wadada Leo Smith writes one of America's defining events in sound, and the story is all of ours.
  4. There are four CDs' worth but it's enormously rewarding, like mid-period Miles Davis playing Ligeti.
  5. Dec 20, 2012
    90
    Ten Freedom Summers is his magnum opus; it belongs in jazz's canonical lexicon with Duke Ellington's Black Brown & Beige and Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite.
  6. Nov 9, 2012
    90
    With this encyclopedic set, Smith delivers yet another convincing musical document for his consideration as one of the most accomplished composers/bandleaders currently working in creative improvised music.
  7. Nov 9, 2012
    80
    Smith's music resonates with the suffering and the dreams of a better life that embodied the decade of 1954 to 1964 that is the subject of this powerful compendium of compositions.
  8. Nov 9, 2012
    80
    The jazz and classical groups play separately and sometimes merge, and though conventional themes or sustained pulses are mostly sidelined by the languages of free jazz and contemporary classical music, this epic life's work is a landmark in jazz's rich canon.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    10
    Beautifully crafted album. A record worth buying......................................................................................................