Imagine having a name as cool as Don Cherry! Anyway, Eagle Eye’s dad and Neneh's stepdad wasn’t just cool by name, he played a mean jazz trumpet too. Brown Rice is a 1975 album that fuses jazz, rock, indian, African and Arabic sounds. What’s more it features Charlie Haden on wah-wah bass! Reissue LP on Blue Note.
Vinyl LP £16.35 7725259
Reissue LP on Blue Note.
Blue Note have recently reissued this masterwork from Don Cherry, and it’s an exotic and mind-expanding odyssey into spiritual jazz.
I stuck this on earlier this week for the first time and it blew my mind. It often sounds more akin to a psychedelic album than a fully-fledged jazz piece. The first track is a haunting, loose and funky number with a heavy amount of repetition and groove, sounding like a tune straight off Can’s Future Days. ‘Malkauns’ conjures thoughts of Alice Coltrane at her finest thanks to its purring strings and influence from Indian classical music, and the final two tracks feature incredible brass freak-outs, extended free-form solos and entrancing, ritualistic chants.
Brown Rice is defined by its mysterious, surreal and colourful take on jazz. Fans of the weirder side of jazz like spiritual, free, fusion, avant-garde and the like will find more than enough to love on here.
It’s the best record I’ve heard in an age, and it will perfectly suit the tastes of both jazz heads and fans of left-field psychedelia.
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