The Leaders

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The Leaders is a jazz supergroup formed in 1985.

The initial lineup of the Leaders was put together by trumpeter Lester Bowie, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, and tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman, along with a rhythm section of pianist Kirk Lightsey, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Famoudou Don Moye.[1] The Leaders released four albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The rhythm players also recorded one album on their own as The Leaders Trio (Heaven Dance, 1988).

In 2007, a reconstituted Leaders consisting of Freeman and McBee alongside Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Bobby Watson on alto, Fred Harris on piano, and Billy Hart on drums released the album Spirits Alike.[2]