Monday, November 26, 2007

don cherry

trawling youtube, i stumbled on this clip of trumpeter don cherry's "brown rice," a hauntingly otherworldly and ahead-of-its-time track from his self-titled '76 album.

besides playing in ornette coleman's seminal quartet from 1958-61, cherry performed and recorded with coltrane, sonny rollins, albert ayler, and much of the '60s euro avant-garde before traveling extensively in africa and asia, playing with local musos wherever he went (as in this example from india with l. shankar and trilok gurtu, 1978). i was lucky to see him with the ornette alumni/repertory band old and new dreams at town hall in nyc, 1979. his death in 1995 came way too soon.


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