For Those Who Heal is a self-produced live set brought to us by ex-Charles Gayle bassist, solo artist and altogether industrious modern jazz denizen, F. Vattel Cherry.
A series of duets with fellow bassists Peter Hickey, John Voigt, alto saxophonist Blaise Siwula and guitarist, multi-instrumentalist Ras Chris, the music was recorded at various East Coast venues while at times, it seems as though the mic’s were placed a tad too far away from the musicians. Yet many of these improvisations do indeed sustain interest, although the twenty-minute bass duet between Cherry and Peter Hickey, while often captivating, may generate more ...read more
F. Vattel Cherry utters his sentiments while paying tribute to “pre-Revolutionary” America through the mouthpiece of his double-bass, small percussion instruments and spoken word on Is It Because I’m Black. Cherry displays formidable technique yet digs deep from within while performing on his rich, resonant double-bass as he stylishly renders deeply personalized if not passionate versions of public domain pieces, such as “Oh, Freedom”, “Go Down, Moses” and others. His composition titled, “1982”, features Cherry tapping out a engagingly melodic and bouncy theme while somehow utilizing bells and percussion in unison – I would suspect that Cherry may have these ...read more