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A short history of E.C.F.A. and Carl Smith:
E.C.F.A. stands for emanation, creation, formation, and action. I frequently came across references to these different levels of existence in my Judaic and Yoruba studies. I wasn't interested in naming my group, but having a name is essential for getting gigs and I felt that The Carl Smith Trio sounded too vain.
E.C.F.A., a trio of musicians organized by tenor saxophonist/composer Carl Smith, was first established in early 1997 in Austin, Texas as a vehicle for Smith's ideas in creative music making which stemmed from avant-garde jazz and American experimental music
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