The Mass on the World

The Mass on the World is a live album by jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith released in 1978 by German Moers Music label.[3] The album was recorded at the seventh Moers Festival in Freizeitpark, Moers, Germany, on May 15, 1978. The songs and album title are borrowed from Teilhard de Chardin’s Hymn of the Universe, a poetic and impressionistic account of the spiritual world initially published in 1961.[4][5][6]

The Mass on the World
Live album by
RecordedMay 15, 1978
VenueInternational New Jazz Festival Moers
LabelMoers Music 01060
ProducerBurkhard Hennen
Wadada Leo Smith chronology
Song of Humanity
The Mass on the World
Solo Music: Ahkreanvention
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The Penguin Guide to Jazz[2]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Wadada Leo Smith.

1."The Offering"07:31
2."Fire Over the Earth"07:38
3."Fire in the Earth"05:52
6."Kweli (Truth)"07:41
Total length:38:50


  • Leo Smith – trumpet, fluegelhorn, flute, percussion
  • Dwight Andrews – reeds
  • Bobby Naughton – vibraphone, percussion


  1. "Wadada Leo Smith: The Mass on the World". Allmusic. Allmusic. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  2. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1992). The Penguin guide to jazz on CD. Penguin. p. 996. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  3. "Mass on the World". Discogs. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  4. "Leo Smith Trio: The Mass on the World". Destination Out. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  5. Bruyninckx, Walter (1983). Progressive jazz: free--third stream fusion. 60 Years of Recorded Jazz Team. p. 1252. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  6. Lord, Tom (1992). The Jazz Discography. Lord Music Reference. p. 12. ISBN 9781881993131. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
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