While Smith's recent albums have been massive in scope (both in terms of subject matter and number of musicians involved), The Great Lakes Suites finds Smith getting back to a lean, powerful quartet setting, substituting saxophonist (and fellow AACM-er) Henry Threadgiil for a pianist in Smith's long-running Golden Quartet.
Keresman, Mark (2014) Hot Wax--Album Reviews: Wadada Leo Smith - "The Great Lakes Suite". In: JAZZed: Practical Ideas & Techniques for Jazz Educators, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 35-36. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/629897/.