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Don Cherry: Cherry Jam

Read "Cherry Jam" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the same year that composer/multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry recorded his milestone Complete Communion (Blue Note, 1966) he took his cornet to the studio of Danish National Radio. Cherry had established himself by the early 1960s, playing with Steve Lacy, Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, John Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler and Ed Blackwell. Copenhagen began a long reign as a Northern European jazz mecca in the 1950s. In 1966 Cherry began a residency at that city's iconic Café Montmartre ...

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Don Cherry Tribute, Four Visions, Alberto Pinton & Earprint

Read "Don Cherry Tribute, Four Visions, Alberto Pinton & Earprint" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The late trumpeter Don Cherry had and still has a huge influence on the creative music scene, from his work with Ornette, Coltrane, Old And New Dreams, CODONA, and Carla Bley to his exploration and fusion of world music. That influence led Italian drummer/percussionist, Cristiano Calcagnile, to form an ensemble to perform a tribute to Cherry back in 2014. That morphed into a recording, Multikulti Cherry On, then more performances, and now a new release in the same vein, The ...

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Don Cherry: Home Boy, Sister Out

Read "Home Boy, Sister Out" reviewed by Chris May

Don Cherry was in the vanguard of not one, but two uprisings which changed the face of jazz. He pioneered both the free-jazz revolution of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the world-jazz movement of the 1970s. Home Boy, Sister Out, first released on the French label Barclay in 1985 and reissued in summer 2018 on WeWantSounds, catches Cherry dipping his toes into a third upheaval. But first, the backstory.... In 1957, Cherry was a founder member ...

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WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

Read "WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

A forgotten gem from the extensive and multi-colored discography of Don Cherry is available again, courtesy of the French label WEWANTSOUNDS [yes, their name is uppercase only!]. Home Boy, Sister Out, produced by Ramuntcho Matta, was originally released in 1985 on Barclay Records. It was distributed in France and Germany only and was never reissued until now. Funky and fourth-world tinged, with strong influences from the new wave scene of those years, this amazing record reflects not only ...

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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966

Read "Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966" reviewed by Doug Collette

Real Gone Music's release of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band's Live 1966 is a godsend for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it reminds, if that's indeed necessary, of what a vital influence on contemporary blues was (and is) this sextet. Forget for a moment the profundity of an integrated group of musicians bonded together at the time of civil rights upheaval in the United States--that's for sociologists. Better instead to focus instead ...

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Don Cherry: Live in Stockholm

Read "Don Cherry: Live in Stockholm" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Trumpeter and world-music pioneer Don Cherry had a very special relationship with Sweden, a place he called home for twenty years. And Sweden had a special relationship with Cherry: the country and its musicians recognized the master in their midst, and in 1972 the state-subsidized record company Caprice put out the double album Organic Music Society (which they reissued in 2012). Now with Live in Stockholm, Caprice has gone into its vaults and pulled out three stunning long-form songs from ...

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Don Cherry: Organic Music Society

Read "Organic Music Society" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Reissued in analog splendor on vinyl, from the original 1972 release, free jazz trumpeter and saxophonist Ornette Coleman sideman Don Cherry renders an early world-music vibe, recorded in Sweden. These days, inferences to “organic" allude to the green movement which has become quite trendy in scope; however, in the hippie culture, organic was often the buzzword for drugs and was frequently cited within the psychedelic vernacular. Here, Cherry and his large ensemble intertwine the east-meets-west vibe for a set that ...


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