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Don Cherry – Live in Stockholm

Don Cherry – Live in Stockholm

Caprice Records

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Per John Fordham via The Gaurdian:

These are previously unissued live recordings from 1968 and 1971, catching that world-musical gypsy Don Cherry with Swedish and Turkish musicians in his adopted Scandinavia. In three long, partially improvised sets with partners including the fine Stockholm saxophonist Bernt Rosengren and Istanbul drummer Okay Temiz, the former Ornette Coleman partner participates as a receptive equal, and plays percussion, flutes and piano as well as pocket trumpet. The 1960s free jazz of Coleman and John Coltrane inevitably influences this often loosely clamorous ensemble music, but startling composed parts frequently rise amid the swirl – like the mischievously Ornette-like melody that forms five minutes into the opening ABF Suite Part 1, and the jaunty Turkish folk themes (supplied by fellow trumpeter Maffy Falay) that pepper Part 2. The 1971 recording, the loosest of the three, was made in Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome at Stockholm's Museum of Modern Art, and that era's expressionistic optimism and faith in intuition imbue all of this warm, soulful, and sketchily conceived music. As art historian and Cherry fan Thomas Millroth writes in the liner notes: "Politics were possibilities, and the future not only existed but belonged to us."

A. ABF Suite, Part 1 [22:49]
B. ABF Suite, Part 2 [26:21]
C. Another Dome Session [11:53]
D. Another Dome Session (Cont.) [16:40]

Format: 2 x 12-inch Vinyl LP
Label: Caprice records
Catalog: CAP 21836
Released: 2013
Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz / Improvisation