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Don Cherry was born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1936 and raised in Los Angeles, where he first began to play the trumpet and later piano. According to Cherry, his upbringing had everything to do with his interest in music: "Yeah, well I was fortunate to have such great parents…because they've always been around music. My Father was a bartender, and he was very much into the music of the swing period. That whole groove of music and ballrooms and dance and what it meant in the late 30's and up into the 40s. So I was raised around all that type of music. But what was happening after especially moving to Watts, what was happening in our neighborhood, there was musicians…Dexter Gordon, Wardell Grey, Sonny Criss, all these people that were from the neighborhood…and what was happening in rhythm and blues…" Don cut his teeth on bebop, like most young musicians of his generation

Cherry Jam

Label: Gearbox Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Side A: The Ambassador from Greenland; You Took Advantage of Me. Side B: Priceless; Nigeria.

Consequences Revisited

Label: ezz-thetics
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sound Barrier; We We; Consequences; Rufus; Crepuscule With Nellie; Trio; Where Poppies Bloom (Where Poppies Blow); Like A Blessed Baby Lamb; Consequences.

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Ornette Coleman: An Outsider Cracks the Egg

Read "Ornette Coleman: An Outsider Cracks the Egg" reviewed by Steve Provizer

Part 1 | Part 2 There are two ways a musician can make a significant impact on jazz. One is to mobilize virtuosity and knowledge to push the current boundaries of the music. There are a number who fall in this category, but unassailable examples are Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris McCarthy: Still Time to Quit

Read "Still Time to Quit" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Only two minutes into “That's All You Get," the opening track to pianist Chris McCarthy's debut recording for Ropeadope Records, Still Time To Quit, and already it seems that everything that had to be said was said. Maybe that's why at this point the track coincidentally also reaches its end. A savage yet controlled display of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Mark Harvey Group: A Rite for All Souls

Read "A Rite for All Souls" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Due anni pima di dar vita alla sua creatura per eccellenza, l'Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, il trombettista bostoniano Mark Harvey si era reso protagonista alla testa del suo quartetto dell'epoca della memorabile performance oggi quanto mai meritoriamente dissotterrata dall'oblio grazie all'Americas Musicwords. Era il 31 ottobre 1971 allorché all'Old West Church di Boston andava in scena questo ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Ornette Coleman: The Territory And The Adventure

Read "Ornette Coleman: The Territory And The Adventure" reviewed by Steve Provizer

Ornette Coleman: The Territory And The Adventure Maria Golia 368 Pages ISBN: #9781789142235 University of Chicago Press 2020 Ornette Coleman holds a singular place in jazz history. The seeds of change in jazz had been sewn by Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, John Coltrane and their cohorts, but Coleman's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Thomas: Event Horizon

Read "Event Horizon" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Jimmy Katz seems to really be onto something with his Giant Step Arts label. Begun in 2018, the label has established a tradition of recording live performances by modern jazz musicians given complete freedom of repertoire and personnel. That approach has produced several outstanding releases including, earlier this year, The Concert: 12 Musings For Isabella, (Giant ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anna Hogberg Attack: lena

Read "lena" reviewed by John Sharpe

It is a well known gambit to start an album with one of its strongest tracks. But it must have been a difficult choice for Swedish band leader and saxophonist Anna Högberg when programming her group Attack's second release. That she chose “Pappa Kom Hem," which opens with a sustained stentorian bellow from tenor saxophonist Elin ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New York Contemporary Five: Consequences Revisited

Read "Consequences Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This 2020 reissue of the New York Contemporary Five recordings from 1963-64 can't help but draw one's attention to the social unrest occurring in America in 2020. In 1964 the riots in Harlem and Philadelphia over police brutality were followed by similar riots a few years later in Watts, Newark, Detroit, etc. In the growing civil ...


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