Recorded in 2000, Organic Groove features a too brief taste of David Ornette Cherry's writing and playing with a Los Angeles dream band, including Bobby Bradford, Roberto Miranda, and Ralph Jones, to name a few. Cherry possesses a broad musical attention span, making a program of his work a musical travelogue. But no dilettante is he, holding legitimate lineage in several musical traditions. A generous leader, he usually limits his contributions to skillfully framing his ace soloists.
"Mano opens with Cherry, double-tracked on melodica and piano, dancing with a playful Miranda through the theme, his propulsive funk bass line filling in the serene spaciousness of Cherry's piano. Latin jazz star Justo Almario's tenor circles Bobby Bradford's tart cornet, falling into a horn riff backing Cherry's melodica shred. The off-balance tempo changes of "Inside Out give it a mid-'60s feel. The woefully under-recorded Bradford makes good use of his time, burning with Don Littleton's jet fuel cocktail beat maker and Cherry's unique piano ornamentation. Littleton's swelling cymbals wash over "Love Ballad and Almario's humid flute. Cherry's lush orchestral accompaniment on piano contrasts with the aching austere muted cornet.
Something, possibly a keyboard programmed to sound like a baritone marimba, creates the exotica for Almario's atmospheric flute flutter answered by Bradford's brisk, bent blue notes on "Morning Song. Cherry deepens the arrangement with keyboard-generated harp tones and voices. A catchy muscular piano riff supports Almario's meaty tenor and Bradford's brass whirlwind on "Melodica. "First Time Out confidently swings in with Rahmlee Michael Davies cooking on trumpet. Cherry plays an understated piano solo, then switches to electric to back Almario's beautifully lyrical tenor solo. "Moroccan Garage (remix) ends the set with an elephant groove that has Ralph Jones on Turkish horns sounding like the Jajouka pipers.
On Organic Groove David Ornette Cherry throws a party for seven of his compositions, with a guest list guaranteed to give that music the time of its life.
Track Listing: Mano; Inside Out; Love Ballad; Morning Song; Melodica; First Time Out; Moroccan Garage
Personnel: Justo Almario: tenor saxophone, flute; Bobby Bradford: cornet; Reggie Carson: bass; Ray
percussion; Don Littleton: drums percussion; Ralph Buzzy Jones: sipsi, shena; Roberto
Miquel Miranda: bass; Rahmlee: trumpet; David Ornette Cherry: piano, melodica,
keyboards, drum programming, douss n gouni.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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