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Don Cherry: Home Boy, Sister Out

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Don Cherry: Organic Music Society

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Don Cherry Organic Music Society Caprice 2012 By the early 1970s, trumpeter Don Cherry had moved a long way--geographically and musically--from the music that had earned him a reputation as one of free jazz's great innovators. Resident in Sweden, he had embarked on a pioneering exploration of world fusion music, incorporating a range of influences, notably African, Native-American, Indian and Middle Eastern. During this period, he still retained some links with his ...

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Don Cherry: Hear And Now

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That multi-instrumentalist and world jazz pioneer Don Cherry was able to adopt such a beatific countenance for the cover shot of Hear And Now says much for the power of yoga, given the horrors that follow. The disc has now been reissued as part of Warner Jazz's Atlantic Masters series. But non-yogis should heed this warning: if you only acquire one Don Cherry album in your life, don't acquire this one.

Recorded in December 1976, Hear And Now ...

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Don Cherry: From Out of the Shadows

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It was cool in Bombay that July in 1985, or was it 1986? Somehow the year does not seem to matter quite as much as it did when the phenomenon first occurred. The other details, of course, I remember clear as day. Association PC were tearing it up on stage at the fabled arena of the historic (for India at that time) Jazz Yatra an international jazz festival hosted by Jazz India since 1978. The Max Mueller Bhavan was responsible ...

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Don Cherry: Live at Cafe Montmartre 1966 Volume Two

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Don Cherry Live at Cafe Montmartre 1966 Volume Two ESP Disk 2008

Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry has long been a somewhat enigmatic figure. His well known beginnings with saxophonist Ornette Coleman soon gave way to Cherry's increasing interest in world music, where he would become an important conduit between jazz and “world music" through his own multinational take on improvisatory musical forms. The second in a series of recordings culled from ...

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Don Cherry: Live at Cafe Montmartre 1966 Volume Two

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Don Cherry was an enigma. In the early days of his career the trumpeter was part of the scene that took jazz through several changes. He did this playing with Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane where the music was transformed into something electrifying. But he also did it with Gato Barbieri, Nana Vasconcelos and Okay Temiz, among others, where his music absorbed different world strains. All of it comprises an interesting body of work that showed not only Cherry's strengths ...

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Don Cherry Quintet: Live at Cafe Monmartre 1966

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Don Cherry's career was unavoidably defined by his spot in the classic Ornette Coleman quartet of the late 1950s and early 1960s. When that group had gone as far as it could go, Cherry went on to bring the same sense of improvisational freedom to a brief stint with Sonny Rollins on Our Man in Jazz (RCA, 1962) and meet his free jazz match in a quartet with Albert Ayler on Vibrations (Freedom, 1966). Later, Cherry's omnivorous musical personality would ...

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Don Cherry: Live At Cafe Montmartre 1966

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Don Cherry Live At Cafe Montmartre 1966 ESP Disk (1966) 2007

A little over a year after trumpeter/composer Don Cherry debuted his European quintet in Rome and Paris, resulting in a brief return to New York and the beginning of a short-lived Blue Note recording contract, he reconvened his multi-national ensemble for a tour resulting in this Copenhagen concert, recorded live at the famed Jazzhus Montmartre.

The composition of the group is essentially the ...


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