by Jeff Stockton
CODONA The CODONA Trilogy ECM Records 2009
Somewhere along the way world music" became a suspect term. Mixed up with the concept of new age," it makes you think more about hemp clothing, crystal therapy and holistic healing than the sort of basic elemental sounds trumpeter Don Cherry pioneered in tandem with drummer Ed Blackwell on the classic Mu sessions (BYG-Actuel, 1969). ECM Records carries its own perceptual baggage, forever associated with a type ...read more
by John Kelman
When borders are eliminated, infinite possibilities arise. Perhaps the greatest achievement of ECM Records- -especially during its first decade, when it was establishing the unique identity and aesthetic that has made it such a significant force over the past forty years--has been its ability to bring together artists of seemingly different backgrounds to create music that transcends style to become something altogether new. These days, musical labels are becoming increasingly meaningless, but ECM recognized early on that the artificial confines ...read more
by Marcus O'Dair
The three musicians who comprised CODONA are relatively well known, trumpeter Don Cherry in particular. Yet the group he formed with sitar and tabla player Collin Walcott and percussionist Nana Vasconcelos--hence CODONA--has been mysteriously neglected. Despite recording three superb albums for ECM between 1978 and 1982, CODONA remains perhaps one of the label's most underrated acts.
If there's any justice in the world, this three-CD box set will help put the record straight. Building on foundations already laid by the ...read more