Rastafari (album)

Rastafari is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith with the Bill Smith ensemble, which was released in 1983 on the Canadian Sackville label.[1] The trumpeter considers the recording a cooperative effort, it is Bill Smith, co-founder of Sackville and producer of the album, who made it a "Leo Smith record".[2] It was reissued on CD in 2003 with new artwork by Boxholder.[3]

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Studio album by
RecordedJune 12, 1983
StudioMcClear Place Studios, Toronto
ProducerBill Smith
Wadada Leo Smith chronology
Procession of the Great Ancestry
Kulture Jazz


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [5]
Penguin Guide to Jazz    [6]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [7]

In his review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow states "The playing by these adventurous musicians is advanced and quite free on the four group originals, and all five players share equally in the creation of these fresh explorations."[4]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Rastafari" (Wadada Leo Smith) - 7:30
  2. "Rituals" (Bill Smith) - 11:56
  3. "Madder Lake" (David Prentice) - 11:05
  4. "Little Bits" (Bill Smith) - 9:10



  1. ^ "Wadada Leo Smith discography". Jazz Lists. jazzlists.com. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ Original liner notes by Bill Shoemaker
  3. ^ Rastafari at Wadada Leo Smith
  4. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Wadada Leo Smith - Rastafari: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin. "The Encyclopedia of Popular Music". p. 4997. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Penguin Guide to Jazz: 4-Star Records in 8th Edition". Tom Hull. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  7. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 183. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.