Leo Smith, 18 December 1941, Leland, Mississippi, USA. Smiths stepfather was blues guitarist Alex Little Bill Wallace and in his early teens Smith led his own blues band. He was already proficient on trumpet, which he later studied in college and continued to play in various army bands. In 1967 he moved to Chicago, where he joined the AACM, recording with Muhal Richard Abrams and Maurice Kalaparusha McIntyre and becoming a member of Anthony Braxtons trio. In 1969, the group moved to Paris, but broke up a year later. Smith returned to the USA and settled in Connecticut. He recorded again with Abrams and Braxton in the Creative Construction Company and also worked with Marion Brown in the Creative Improvisation Ensemble and in a duo format. Smith continued to play occasionally with AACM colleagues such as Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell (L-R-G) during the 70s, but his chief focus of interest now was his own music. He set...
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