Don Cherry - s/d

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another one of my favorite artists. he is the reason i started learning trumpet. one of the most chameleonic musicians i know of. he switches from fiery free, to world, to post-punk, to fusion, to pop-funk, to beautiful mellow improv with ease. here's a rundown of the albums of his i own.

Mu, First and Second Parts - my introduction to his work. beautiful duos between Cherry and Ed Blackwell. cherry plays everything from his famed pocket trumpet to piano, voice and tons of flutes from around the world. to play a full album of improv with this much melody and grace is amazing. and when he sings.... mmmmmm.

Brown Rice (aka Don Cherry) - great album with mellow fusiony, almost rare groove backing. (think Lonnie Liston Smith mixed with In a Silent Way & a tad more eastern flavor). lots of spooky whispery voices all over the place.

Hear & Now - the funk album. sounds like Eddie Hazel's playing distorto guitar on a few of the tracks. this is an album for the beat-heads and the pot heads alike. think Bobby Hutcherson, CTI records, Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, but without all the sappy almost new age or disco those guys got into.

Brotherhood Suite - one of the albums he recorded in Stockholm with the Bernt Rosengren group. tons of high-energy, free playing. in the middle of all this craziness, is "In A Geodetic Dome," a beautiful, meditative eastern sounding solo piece on trumpet. sounds almost like Sketches of Spain if all you heard was Miles. you can hear a baby crying in the background. the reason i keep this cd - not that the rest isn't good, but this is great - gives me chills when i listen to it.

Eternal Rhythm - all you Sonny Sharrock fans, he's on here too. this is a way out album, also played with the Bernt Rosengren group. Cherry plays a lot of instruments on this one, including the Gamelan(?!). there are nine players on this one, so if you're into that whole crazy, Euro free blowing sessions, search this one out.

Home Boy - this album, from 85, could be called his pop-crossover album?? many of you should know the song "I Walk" from the first Disco not Disco album. the whole album is along those lines. funky 80s disco-funk with stiff drum machines. every song has singing and there is very little trumpet playing on the whole thing. very song oriented. i think had i not already fallen in love with the "I Walk" song, i'd probably dismiss this album immediately, but i like it. very dated, but still nice.

CoDoNa, 1, 2 & 3 - Collin Walcott, Don Cherry and Nana Vasconcelos. before i discovered these albums, i thought i'd never listen to ECM. man was i wrong. in the past Cherry had hinted at his facination with other cultures' musics. he'd played tons of different instruments from around the world and used eastern scales, but here he pulls out all the stops, mixes and matches perfectly and the results are amazing. Walcott plays sitar, tabla, sanza and dulcimer while Vasconcelos plays all sorts of Brazilian percusion. their interplay is fantastic.

Charlie Haden's "Liberation Music Orchestra" & "The Ballad of the Fallen" - two very similar albums made 13 yrs apart. one on Impulse (70) and the other on ECM (83). both, arranged by Carla Bley, are orchestrated (with bits of free playing) jazz albums with Spanish Folk melodies as themes. they are both extremely beautiful and worth searching out.

Mandingo Griot Society - this is straight up west african music from 78. the band is led by Jali Foday Musa Suso playing the Kora which is a 21-string harp from Mali. the rest of the band is made up of americans all famous in their own right these days: joseph thomas, hamid drake (back when he was still calling himself Hank), and adam rudolph. there's not much trumpet on the album, but it's still cool for the completist.

Rip Rig & Panic "God" & "I am Cold" - the english post punk, jazzy funk group from the early 80s featured Don's daughter Neneh on vocals (and i believe Ari Up from the slits at one point also?). good shit.

i surprisingly don't own any Ornette that features Cherry? i'm sure there's gonna be lotsa love for the Complete Communion with Gato, but i don't own that either.

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 20:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic for giving the world Neneh. Not so much for giving us Eagle-Eye.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 20:15 (seventeen years ago) link

I love all the Codona records dearly. First couple Old & New Dreams records are great too.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 20:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Agree 100% w/ Mr. Diamond's above post - I think Nils Petter Molvaer has listened to the first Codona alb quite a bit.

Cherry's appearance on 'Escalator Over The Hill' is one of the real highlights of that alb.

Yeah, that 'Communion' reish is terrif; I also really like the 1988 'mainstream' alb 'Art Deco', which features a tenor player called James Clay, an underrecorded Texan contemporary of Ornette's, plus the classic rhythm section of Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins.

Has anybody heard that recentish BBC concert recording?

Andrew L (Andrew L), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 20:48 (seventeen years ago) link

"Brown Rice (aka Don Cherry) - great album with mellow fusiony, almost rare groove backing."
Frank Lowe's seering sax keeps it from being too mellow, though.
What about the Penderecki rec?
You don't own any Coleman/Cherry recs?

abeta, Tuesday, 8 July 2003 20:48 (seventeen years ago) link

i've heard that Penderecki record was cool. i think i couldn't find it used at the time i was obsessed with cherry and so never picked it up. what's it like?

and i always had a feeling i wouldn't like Ornette. i have no idea why, just one of those prejudices you build up from stuff you read. i'm sure if i had some, i'd totally dig it. the only Ornette record i have is "Dancing in Your Head", one of his free-funk albums, which i love with all my heart.

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 20:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Search: Ornette's Art of the Improvisors. Usually considered beneath This is Our Music and The Shape of Jazz to Come (I guess it's more 'straight' and less groundbreaking???) but features some amazing Don Cherry, my favorite trumpet playing on any Ornette album. The last few minutes of "The Alchemy of Scott LaFaro" is a conversation between Ornette and Cherry that gives me chills every time.

scott m (mcd), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 00:14 (seventeen years ago) link

search w/ lou reed.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 01:39 (seventeen years ago) link

what's that about?

JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 01:53 (seventeen years ago) link

only have both mu's on one disc and got it a sale. bargain!

thanks for these threads jason. plenty to check out.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 10:16 (seventeen years ago) link

the penderecki record is great but it's not really a collaboration between cherry and pend.- the first half is a cherry-led group and the other is a pend.-led group.....

'brown rice' might be my don cherry OPO, and i'm a big fan. the blue note trilogy is fantastic (esp. "symphony for improvisers"), and yeah, i'll second the "escalator over the hill" nod.

'eternal now' hasn't been mentioned yet, so i'll throw it out. it's cherry and the swedes in smaller ensembles, with some piano work and wooden wind instruments. it's a strong step towards the less identifiably "jazz", more uniquely "don cherry" music.

j fail (cenotaph), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 14:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Pity about "Eagle Eye" tho, huh?

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 14:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, thanks for the breakdown, I love Cherry but haven't listened to him enough. I always see Mu around, I managed to download one track from it that's really great.

You do owe it to yourself to listen to him with Ornette. I have a special fondness for his work on the Complete Science Fiction Sessions, there's some fire on that shit.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 14:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Check out his music co-composed with filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky in Jod's cult film "The Holy Mountain", it's as wild as the movie itself (as far as I know there's no published sdtk, but the film is available).

Brian Turner (btwfmu), Thursday, 10 July 2003 12:20 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, i wish that soundtrack was available. alan klein probably has the tapes and is hoarding them....

j fail (cenotaph), Thursday, 10 July 2003 13:38 (seventeen years ago) link

oh DOOD I love Don Cherry on "Coach's Corner"! His drunken analyses, like, fuckin' TOTALLY improve any "Hockey Night In Canada" broadcast.

wait, he plays music too, you say? THIS i gotta hear!

Kingfish (Kingfish), Thursday, 10 July 2003 14:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Use Other Jokes Please

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 10 July 2003 14:47 (seventeen years ago) link

you post it there -- i've already typed it once...

Kingfish (Kingfish), Thursday, 10 July 2003 14:59 (seventeen years ago) link

No, I'm not trying to give you "props", I'm trying to tell you not be so fucking lame.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:04 (seventeen years ago) link

oh, You're No Fun Anymore.

Kingfish (Kingfish), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:17 (seventeen years ago) link

I second (or third) the Brown Rice LP

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steve duda, Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell's El Corazón is also a good rekkid

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Thursday, 10 July 2003 23:11 (seventeen years ago) link

Anybody heard Orient, it was re-released on CD about a year ago.

T. Weiss (Timmy), Friday, 11 July 2003 00:36 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, i have. destroy that. it's two dates combined (i *hate* that shit) and even though i've seen han bennik and ed blackwell credited on the net bennik is only on 1/2 the album and blackwell doesn't show at all.

the two sets are trios. one is cherry, his wife mocqui on tamboura (ouch) and bennik. the other is cherry, johnny diani and okay tamiz (don't ask, i don't know).

the pieces seem compositionally similar to the "eternal rhythm" and "w/ penderecki" albums but they lack the power of those big groups and also ramble on more. can you imagine mu pts. 1+2 played w/ the E.R.O. (i can't). it doesn't help that the sound uniformly sucks and the percussion is generally pretty flat.

the one bright spot is a 20 minute improv on the "si ta ra ma" vocal chant that's mostly unaccompanied cherry. well, there's a bongo, but damned if i register anything but cherry. sounds dubious, i know, though i love it love it love it.

vahid (vahid), Friday, 11 July 2003 07:26 (seventeen years ago) link

i disagree about orient. i think it's great. but i really like cherry's piano, and i don't think his wife sounds bad on tamboura. they are a lot longer and more spacious than the stuff on 'eternal now', and bennink is just a great percussionist.

j fail (cenotaph), Friday, 11 July 2003 13:43 (seventeen years ago) link

ten months pass...
I heard 'Humus' from the split record with Penderecki on the radio last night and I thought it was amazing. This is the first time I've heard anything by Cherry, can any of you point me to any of his other records that sound anything like this, or any other artists doing this sort of thing.

rw, Monday, 17 May 2004 15:26 (sixteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
no-one's heard this record?

rw, Thursday, 10 June 2004 18:25 (sixteen years ago) link

sir have you read the thread?

the albums most similar to humus are "eternal rhythm" and "eternal now" because they feature large ensembles. "orient" is similar in aim but it has a much smaller group of players. because it is a live album though it has similar energy. "mu 1+2" are also similar but it's a duo, and a studio recording, so it's much more meditative and less kinetic than "humus".

"humus" is very similar to pharoah sanders late 60s and early 70s work: "tauhid", "izipho zam", "karma" and "summun bukmun umyun" are definite must-haves. they are more focused and polished than cherry's work but similar in the blend of eastern and western motifs, and the energy playing, and the wild percussion, etc. also check out early alice coltrane (ptah the el daoud, world galaxy, universal consciousness) and maybe late john coltrane (crescent might be a good starting point). possibly even clifford thornton or archie shepp in morocco or even the jazzactuel 3cd reissue sampler box, that may be a good start.

these are similar to "humus" in overall sound but not in the way "humus" uses several different forms over the course of a composition - free playing giving way to funky stuff giving way to an eastern section or a ragtime or whatever. if i remember correctly, that is unique to "humus" in cherry's recordings. so for that angle, maybe check out the early 70s work of the art ensemble of chicago, sun ra, and charlie haden (particularly the liberation music orchestra recording mentioned above).

vahid (vahid), Friday, 11 June 2004 09:03 (sixteen years ago) link

if you buy all those recordings i listed then you will be a free jazz superexpert like me.

vahid (vahid), Friday, 11 June 2004 09:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Nobody had said very much about that particular record which is why I asked. Thanks for the reply, very informative. I have a few of those recommendations and will be searching for the rest.

rw, Friday, 11 June 2004 14:00 (sixteen years ago) link

What postpunk stuff did Cherry do?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 11 June 2004 23:19 (sixteen years ago) link

He fathered Nena.

nickn (nickn), Friday, 11 June 2004 23:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Home Boy - this album, from 85, could be called his pop-crossover album?? many of you should know the song "I Walk" from the first Disco not Disco album. the whole album is along those lines. funky 80s disco-funk with stiff drum machines. every song has singing and there is very little trumpet playing on the whole thing. very song oriented. i think had i not already fallen in love with the "I Walk" song, i'd probably dismiss this album immediately, but i like it. very dated, but still nice.

JaXoN (JasonD), Saturday, 12 June 2004 06:57 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought Nena was Don Cherry's stepdaughter?

Andrew L (Andrew L), Saturday, 12 June 2004 06:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Rip Rig & Panic "God" & "I am Cold" - the english post punk, jazzy funk group from the early 80s featured Don's daughter Neneh on vocals (and i believe Ari Up from the slits at one point also?). good shit.

JaXoN (JasonD), Saturday, 12 June 2004 06:58 (sixteen years ago) link

he played on one of their albums

JaXoN (JasonD), Saturday, 12 June 2004 06:59 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Organic Music Society!

Another Allnighter (sexyDancer), Friday, 1 July 2005 14:21 (fifteen years ago) link

He also appeared playing with Ian Dury and the Blockheads on the BBCs Rock Goes to College on one of their new years shows.

Seeing him and his battered pocket trumpet really got me into Ornette and then Jazz in general.

timberlog (timberlog), Friday, 1 July 2005 19:34 (fifteen years ago) link

x-post - Jesus Christ that's gotta be one of the most amazing covers ever! Like something an exceptionally gifted 8-year old might've painted (and that is decidedly NOT a putdown.) Don't think I've ever seen that combination of colours on any other LP ever. Very 1973. Wow.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Friday, 1 July 2005 21:32 (fifteen years ago) link

hippie free love concert recorded in a dome!

Another Allnighter (sexyDancer), Friday, 1 July 2005 21:35 (fifteen years ago) link

it reminds me of something Mingering Mike woulda done, but more psychedelic

The Amazing Jaxon! (jaxon), Friday, 1 July 2005 21:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Cherry's Symphony for Improvisers is epic.
And, New York Eye and Ear Control (ESP) is a total freakout.

Justin Farrar (Justin Farrar), Saturday, 2 July 2005 00:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Looks as though Improvisers is going to be rereleased in July, so that's good news. Even better would be following it with Where Is Brooklyn?, the third and last of his Blue Notes.

Another good'un not mentioned yet: Vibrations, possibly my favourite Albert Ayler record.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Saturday, 2 July 2005 10:42 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...


admrl, Friday, 20 July 2007 17:42 (thirteen years ago) link

i may have mentioned this on another Don Cherry thread (or a terry riley thread), but there's a tape of the two of them playing sometime in the mid-70s that is one of the greatest things I've ever heard. it's reallyreallyreally beautiful.

tylerw, Friday, 20 July 2007 17:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I want that

admrl, Friday, 20 July 2007 17:58 (thirteen years ago) link

jaxon, Friday, 20 July 2007 18:01 (thirteen years ago) link

^ terry riley / don cherry

jaxon, Friday, 20 July 2007 18:01 (thirteen years ago) link

I love you

admrl, Friday, 20 July 2007 18:01 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

Is there anything more from that session?

cos it's fucking great.

I've been told to listen to rip rig & panic by a lot of people but haven't got round to it yet.

admrl, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 16:54 (thirteen years ago) link

I saw Don Cherry live, solo, some time in the second half of the 80s. I liked it but I don't remember much a this point, except that he played lots of different instruments and it was fairly laid back.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 10 January 2014 18:23 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

does anybody have the credits to the holy mountain soundtrack?

the late great, Monday, 28 July 2014 21:27 (six years ago) link

I have it at home somewhere in the DVD box (I only have El Topo on my ipod)

Οὖτις, Monday, 28 July 2014 21:33 (six years ago) link

i listened to Brown Rice over the weekend and my almost-five-year-old daughter thought it was hilaaaaarious. "what is this guy doing?!"

tylerw, Monday, 28 July 2014 21:33 (six years ago) link

Sorry if already mentioned, but leave us not forget Mr. C's input re The Bells and Between Thought and Expression. Also here (get it while you can):

and here (Wiki say DC co-wrote)

dow, Monday, 28 July 2014 22:42 (six years ago) link

Also, Neneh Cherry & The Thing's The Cherry Thing is a fave of recent years; think Don would have dug it.

dow, Monday, 28 July 2014 22:45 (six years ago) link

i listened to Brown Rice over the weekend and my almost-five-year-old daughter thought it was hilaaaaarious. "what is this guy doing?!"


daughter otm also great album

Οὖτις, Monday, 28 July 2014 23:02 (six years ago) link

four years pass...

Really enjoying the "See You in a Minute: Memories of Don Cherry" CD (2006)
by Berger Knutsson Spering trio and guests including Nenah and Eagle-Eye on a couple vocals.

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 14:02 (two years ago) link

Begnt Berger's Bitter Funeral Beer with Cherry has been in my heavy rotation this past year, really wonderful hybrid of Eurojazz and African traditional. The concert footage transcends the LOL 80s garments (or maybe it's enhanced by it) tho' Cherry himself cuts a sharp profile:

eva logorrhea (bendy), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 14:28 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

came here to post a track from the "bitter funeral beer" record ... yeah, it's good !

budo jeru, Saturday, 16 November 2019 17:48 (one year ago) link

can't believed i missed picking up a copy of this 2xLP

just classic classic cherry with the dollar brand / carlos ward line-up that's also on "the third world-underground" recorded only a week apart in nov. '72

"why don't you try brown rice?"

love to hear him sing

budo jeru, Thursday, 28 November 2019 15:41 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Well, for one thing, it's that it's actually not my music, because it's a combination of different experiences, and different cultures, and different composers, that involves the music that we play together, or that I'm playing when I'm playing alone.

budo jeru, Monday, 16 December 2019 01:39 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

linked to upthread but now long-gone:
Don Cherry & Terry Riley ‎– Tambourinen Session, Copenhagen, 1970

budo jeru, Monday, 27 January 2020 22:53 (one year ago) link

i somehow only recently learned that Sandy Bull played with Don Cherry at various points. Where are the tapes!???

tylerw, Monday, 27 January 2020 22:54 (one year ago) link

hmm i wonder if billy higgins was the link there

budo jeru, Monday, 27 January 2020 22:57 (one year ago) link

anyway, learning this just now ! very intriguing

budo jeru, Monday, 27 January 2020 22:58 (one year ago) link

here you can find william parker talking about playing with don cherry and sandy bull:

sandy bull discussion comes in c. 7min

JC: How big was the group that he invited you to play with?

WP: Well, we had Ed Blackwell, we had Billy Higgins, we had Frank Lowe [...] Sandy Bull was playing oud. So it was a big group. And I had been playing with Frank Lowe already [...] and this materializes as tapes of this concert now. Which I have somewhere, someone gave me a CD of it.

somebody call william parker !!!

budo jeru, Monday, 27 January 2020 23:22 (one year ago) link


tylerw, Monday, 27 January 2020 23:39 (one year ago) link

William Parker: You see, Don could play with anybody. He could go to Turkey and play with the Turkish musicians. Go to Africa, go to Egypt, go to India. He could play with Lou Reed, he could play with Muddy Waters. And then you could say, "Oh wow, that's Don." He would never lose his identity no matter what kind of music he was playing, but he could always feel comfortable in playing any kind of music.


In Don's world, it was that everything is music. You know, the melody, the rhythm, the folk, the electronics, 'cause he's done stuff with electronic music. So he had no fear of any kind of music. Which shows you that it's not the style of music, and it's not the content of the music. It's the soul and spirit of the music that makes it work.

^ highly recommend listening to the whole interview

budo jeru, Monday, 27 January 2020 23:40 (one year ago) link

nice thanks ... seems like there's definitely a recording.

June, 1975 / The Five Spot, New York City

—The Cherry Quintet was at the Five Spot from the 3rd through the 8th. No exact date on this, but it does not match 75.06.07.
1. unknown title [33:17]  (incomplete, cuts in at beginning, out at end)
"Just heard snippet of ‘Butterfly Friend,’ one of my favorite songs..." —Steven Joerg

"Frank Lowe said it was Sandy Bull in an interview he did at WKCR-FM [during] a Don Cherry festival..." —Ras Moshe

"...I met Don Cherry. He invited me to play at the Five Spot with him in '75 for a week, my first gig at a major jazz club."
—William Parker interview/article by Steve Holtje, WIRE #152 October 1996 p.24

Don Cherry (tp, el-p, voc), Frank Lowe (ts), Sandy Bull (g, oud?, perc?), William Parker (b), Roger Blank (dr)
{WP Archive CD-R; New York Magazine June 9, 1975 p.25; Steven Joerg 03.08.28; Ras Moshe 03.02.04}

tylerw, Monday, 27 January 2020 23:44 (one year ago) link

wonder how one gets a hold of that ..

WP would have been around 23 at the time

budo jeru, Monday, 27 January 2020 23:50 (one year ago) link


The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Monday, 27 January 2020 23:54 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

“benny banana on trumpet, benny banana !”


you just love to hear him sing

budo jeru, Sunday, 22 March 2020 07:18 (eleven months ago) link

this is a perfect song

budo jeru, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 03:25 (eleven months ago) link

^ not sure if this worked, sorry

budo jeru, Sunday, 5 April 2020 20:28 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

posted this in the dollar brand thread, posting here for the cherryheads who might have missed it:

"third world underground" lineup; same year, different city

budo jeru, Thursday, 11 June 2020 16:05 (eight months ago) link

also here's that moki / neneh photo

budo jeru, Thursday, 11 June 2020 16:06 (eight months ago) link

amazing pic!

is that berlin show the same as this one?

tylerw, Thursday, 11 June 2020 16:15 (eight months ago) link


budo jeru, Thursday, 11 June 2020 16:25 (eight months ago) link

it's literally a vinyl rip of the 2xLP

budo jeru, Thursday, 11 June 2020 16:26 (eight months ago) link

From a recent Rolling Reissues post, pasted from Record Store Day list:
Cherry Jam

For more info, check this list and click on artists/titles:

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 17:12 (eight months ago) link

yes !

i pre-ordered my copy from soundohm, who still have copies in stock:

budo jeru, Thursday, 11 June 2020 17:15 (eight months ago) link

From Sounds of the Universe, Soul Jazz Records' store---retitled, with new cover:

New LP PICD3515£12.99
In stockADD TO BAG
1. Gamla Stan - The Old Town By Night
2. Love Train
3. Bass Figure For Ballatune
4. Moving Pictures For The Ear
5. Tibet
Originally released in 1974 as Eternal Now (Sonet SNTF 653) with different sleeve artwork. Deep world rhythms and music from the don.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 17:19 (eight months ago) link

that goes back to a US reissue from 1981 that altered the title / artwork. ETERNAL NOW is a 10000% better name and cover art:

between that and the recent reissue of BROWN RICE as DON CHERRY and without moki's original art, just smdh

budo jeru, Thursday, 11 June 2020 17:22 (eight months ago) link

Oh yeah, that is better! But this might be more findable.
They've got several others, got this one back in:

LP 18CACKLP£16.99
In stockADD TO BAG
1. Music, Wisdom, Love
2. Music, Wisdom, Love (Film Edit With Poetry)
Another essential release from Finders Keepers!

Reaching a near-mythical status amongst fans of free jazz’s most worldly intrepid explorer, these seldom heard Paris soundtrack sessions known as ‘Music, Wisdom, Love’ have evaded collectors’ grasps and confused historians for exactly 50 years. Instigated in Paris in 1967 and filmed during Don’s downtime on a visit to the Chat qui Pêche nightclub in March 1967 (where he played with Karl Berger, Henri Texier and Jacques Thollot), the bulk of this cinematic portrait was filmed on the streets of Paris under the direction of creative all-rounders Jean-Noël Delamarre and Nathalie Perrey who, as their careers bloomed, would become pivotal figures in underground French cinema - straddling La Nouvelle Vague, adult entertainment and cinema fantastique in what can only be described as speedball cinema.

Available for the first time ever and licensed from producer and director Jean-Noel Delamarre himself.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 17:24 (eight months ago) link

All the others they list have orig titles and covers, looks like.

dow, Thursday, 11 June 2020 17:27 (eight months ago) link

"universal silence" now available on CD:

budo jeru, Thursday, 18 June 2020 04:34 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

the 1976 organic music society performance for italian television is now being made available on CD / vinyl and can be streamed here:
(cool cover art, too)

i'm still trying to work out if it's the same set that's been available on youtube, just re-arranged or differently-excerpted. either way the sound quality of this new release is much, much better.

budo jeru, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 17:23 (seven months ago) link

Thanks budo, and what a label!!!! Also they have the aforementioned Bitter Beer---all tracks streaming here:

dow, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 23:26 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

two new releases of previously-unreleased recordings coming this summer via blank forms, great artwork too:

Avant-garde jazz trumpeter Don Cherry and textile artist Moki Cherry (née Karlsson) met in Sweden in the late sixties. They soon began to live and perform together, dubbing their mix of communal art, social and environmentalist activism, children’s education, and pan-ethnic expression “Organic Music.”

We have a robust program dedicated to this woefully under-examined period of the couple’s visionary collaborative practice planned for this spring, including an art exhibition at our Clinton Hill space, a special issue of our anthology, two archival records, and—with luck—a performance program.

In anticipation of this season-long series, we are now taking pre-orders for our Organic Music Societies anthology as well as two albums of newly unearthed music by Don Cherry.

budo jeru, Friday, 22 January 2021 02:45 (one month ago) link


Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Friday, 22 January 2021 03:10 (one month ago) link

Niiiice. I need to hear last year's Om Shanti Om as well.

pomenitul, Friday, 22 January 2021 03:13 (one month ago) link

it's incredible! and free on youtube iirc

budo jeru, Friday, 22 January 2021 03:29 (one month ago) link


budo jeru, Friday, 22 January 2021 03:29 (one month ago) link

cool! Om Shanti Om is 10/10.

stirmonster, Friday, 22 January 2021 04:08 (one month ago) link

this...was not the don cherry i was thinking of

Punster McPunisher, Saturday, 23 January 2021 06:17 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

a one-off, daylong radio show via blank forms –– tune in sunday!

The Great Trip: Rare and Unheard Music from Don Cherry

Sunday, March 7th, 2021
9:00 AM EST | 2:00 PM GMT | 3:00 PM CET

In anticipation of the “Organic Music Societies” exhibition, Blank Forms will be presenting a daylong radio show dedicated to Don and Moki Cherry’s life in Sweden and beyond on Sunday, March 7th starting at 9 a.m. EST. Key recordings from the early ’60s through late ’80s, including rare and private music, will be diffused by hosts Lawrence Kumpf and Adrian Rew, as well as international guests Mats Gustafsson and Magnus Nygren. The show will additionally include live interviews with Neneh Cherry, Naima Karlsson, Famoudou Don Moye, and Bengt “Beche” Berger, as well as a performance by Christer Bothén. The program will be livestreamed exclusively, with no archive to follow, so tuning in is the only way to hear this material. A full schedule with more details is forthcoming.

budo jeru, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 15:12 (three days ago) link

somebody Audio Hijack that shit plz

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 19:40 (three days ago) link

From bigozine2's roio stash ---haven't had time to listen yet, but this lloks promising; get it while you can (gotta download it track by track)

Disc 1
Track 101. Allah-o-Akbar/Waya-wa-Egoli/Blues For America/Kalahari 21:35
Track 102. Ntsikana’s Bell/Good News (false start)/Don (flute solo) 9:53
Track 103. Good News/Don (trumpet solo)/Little Boy 7:32
Track 104. African Sun 5:51
Track 105. The Stride/The Pilgrim, part 1 27:55
73 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. O Berimbau (Nana’s solo) 14:16
Track 202. The Pilgrim, part 2/unknown/Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro 19:04
Track 203. Cherry/unknown/Waya-wa-Egoli 23:52
Track 204. unknown/Blues For America 10:46
Track 205. Cherry (incomplete) 2:07
71 mins

Don Cherry - trumpet and more
Dollar Brand - piano
Nana Vasconcelos - percussion
Johnny Dyani - bass

dow, Saturday, 6 March 2021 01:00 (four hours ago) link

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