Don Cherry Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Albert Ayler & Don Cherry
What a scoop! Two of the finest out-there American free-jazz performers, together in the same group. Don Cherry and Albert Ayler play beautifully with each other, and guess what, the rest of the quartet (Gary Peacock! Sonny Murray!) are both superb in their own right as well. Vibrations, recorded in Copenhagen in 1964, is now reissued in remastered form by ORG Music.
Don Cherry set aside his free jazz, post bop and free improvisation characterised by his '70s period to make a record of afro-funk fusion in Paris, 1985; the result was Home Boy, Sister Out. Paris by the mid-80s was in the midst of its cool swing with jazz, funk and new wave all co-mingling with African, Jamaican and Latin American sounds. Originally a French only release, this newly remastered double LP with a bonus disc of demos, instrumentals and other extras has been reissued by WEWANTSOUNDS, in a deluxe gatefold edition.
- Vinyl Double LP (WWSLP14)
A clear vinyl re-release of one of John Coltrane’s more disputed works, this album from him and Don Cherry has the pair playing Ornette Coleman tracks with some of the Ornette Coleman Quartet. One of the few Coltrane recordings sans piano which gives the saxophonist room to manoeuver. One for the die-hard fans.
Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock, Sonny Murray
New York Eye and Ear Control
The legendary ESP-Disk are doing some reissues, and the even more legendary Albert Ayler is the subject. This disc here is a 1964 session that features Ayler alongside Don Cherry, John Tchai, Gary Peacock, Sonny Murray… The talents! They are phenomenal! If New York free jazz means anything to you, you’ll know what kind of a line-up that is. Remastered and reissued on vinyl for the record’s fiftieth birthday.
Here’s a remarkable document of a Don Cherry residency in Paris 1967, unreleased and unheard for fifty years! Music, Wisdom, Love is an exciting slice of the Don Cherry puzzle, adding yet more insight into one of the most eclectic and intriguing figures in free jazz. LP release on the Cacophonic label.
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Don Cherry, Ronald Frangipane
The Holy Mountain
The soundtrack to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s masterpiece The Holy Mountain, presented on vinyl. This music is as wild, strange and luscious as the film, and was composed by Ronald Frangipane, the legendary Don Cherry, and Jodorowsky himself. An amazing suite of sound, spread over two vinyl LPs in a fancy silkscreened felt sleeve. Edition of 500 on Disordered.
A thrilling collaboration between major experimental maestros from slightly different sound worlds. Don Cherry, in the middle of a very free-ranging phase, plays his majestic trumpet over the shimmering organ tones of Terry Riley, while Karl Berger adds vibraphone. Heady stuff. Reissue of a rare concert recording from 1975, in an edition of just 500. On Modern Silence.
Modern Silence release this document of Don Cherry’s 1966 concert at Stuttgart’s Leiderhalle. His quintet was on very fine form at this time, and Complete Communion: Live In Stuttgart captures a crucial stage of Cherry’s journey from free jazz to yet wilder territories. The recording was made for radio broadcast and is nice and clear: this is the first time it has been issued on vinyl. 180g LP.
Don Cherry & Jon Appleton
Don / Jon
Properly 'out there' free-jazz and synthesizer shenanigans from avant-garde legend Don Cherry and Synclavier synth boffin Jon Appleton. This vinyl 7" is the only time this material has ever been pressed and is actually the supremely radical outtakes from the Human Music album. Don/Jon is a proper rarity of early electronic explorations and bold jazz playing.
Considered one of the great lost jazz classics, 'La Maison Fille Du Soleil' is a collaboration between avant-garde pianist François Tusques and the proficient trumpeter Don Cherry. Together, they helped get the foundations of free jazz going, making an improvised piece that brought together American and French disciplines, which had yet to collide.
Expansive sounds from later-period Don Cherry on this double LP reissue on Caprice Records. Organic Music Society features compositional input from Pharoah Sanders and Terry Riley, as well as Don Cherry himself: wow! In addition to Cherry’s trumpet, vocals harmonium and piano, the large ensemble also features a number of African instruments. Get free.
‘Music/Sangam’ documents the first collaboration between American jazz player Don Cherry and Indian percussionist Latif Khan and the result is an exceptionally rich fusion of jazz and Indian music. Originally recorded in 1978 and only released in France in 1981, this little known Don Cherry treasure is considered by fans dedicated enough to know it to be one of his best works.
Inside the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm. It’s 1977. Don Cherry and his group of explorers are here. This first ever issue contains a live mind expanding concert. Jazz going further and further into the universe. Is this him at his best ? Many think so! Possibly the only document of his ‘Modern Art’ era exists on this glorious Cherry Red coloured LP (Limited to 300 copies).
From 1966, a set from Don Cherry also featuring Ed Blackwell on drums, Henry Grimes on bass as well as Pharoah Sanders on saxophone as part of a quartet. Cherry’s abstraction on the trumpet cuts through his other work with Ornette Coleman, a more melodic player and a strong influence on Cherry. The Guardian calls it a quirky classic. Reissue LP on Klimt.
Paul Bley/ Ornette Coleman/ Don Cherry/ Charlie Haden/ Billy Higgins
Live At The Hillcrest Club 1958
Ornette Coleman captured live just one year before his epochal The Shape Of Jazz To Come. Don Cherry is already present, shadowing Ornette’s saxophone with his cornet, and the rest of the quintet is made up by Paul Bley, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins. Try this clear, audiophile-grade, double vinyl LP for a glimpse of a still-embryonic Free Jazz sound.
Relativity Suite finds Don Cherry helming a very large ensemble, encompassing the usual jazz suspects (several saxophones, Cherry’s trumpet, the Charlie Haden / Ed Blackwell rhythm section), but also more far-flung instruments like the Chinese ching, and the droning tambura. Joyous reissue on Klimt.
A live performance from the French capital over four decades ago, represented in faux-bootleg style by the B13 label. In 1971 Don Cherry was in the midst of a conversion of sorts, from the New York free jazz style of albums like Where Is Brooklyn? to a more esoteric kind of sound. Live In Paris, April 22, 1971 provides a snapshot of where Cherry was at.