Monday, June 29, 2015

Don Cherry Multikulti


Don Cherry (Donald Eugene Cherry)
born: 18. November 1936, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/USA
died: 19.October 1995, Malaga/Spain

Director: Jean-Noël Delamare, Nathalie Perrey, Philippe Gras
Place of Publication/Creation: France
Date: 1973
Form: motion picture
Duration: 16 minute
Personnel on Camera: Don Cherry, trumpet, illustrating an André Breton poem in various Paris locations.
Breton poem read by Anthony Braxton.

A black man, a free jazz trumpeter, comes to earth from another planet. He searches for the truth of this world, but doesn't know which path to take. He wanders various roads, kills monsters, and finally discovers the three truths: MUSIC, WISDOM, LOVE.

Don Cherry (1936-1995) created an influential legacy by contrasting his Bebop-style Jazz with genres such as Free Jazz and World music. His rise to prominence came in the late 1950s performing Free Jazz with Ornette Coleman. Their music not only shook up the Jazz community with their avant garde sound and inventive compositional structure, but became part of the liberating social revolution that resonated in 1960s American culture. Cherry's interest expanded beyond the gamut of American styles into exotic musical structure and composition. His arrangements often juxtaposed instrumental experimentation with the solemn and ancient musical traditions of the ethnic lands he traveled. Cherry's Bebop-infused solos provided the controversial genre with a traditional Jazz sensibility, helping to maintain an enduring Jazz narrative.

Don Cherry's MULTIKULTI (1994) 
Recorded at Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, March 1991

Don Cherry (pocket trumpet, keyb, melodica, doussin gouni, perc, fl, voc)
Peter Apfelbaum (ts, keyb, fl, perc)
Bo Freeman (b)
Joshua Jones (dr, tablas)
Duration: 59min.
Director: Ywe Jalander

Don Cherry is a musician of endless versatility. An innovative jazz trumpeter, he combined be-bop, middle eastern and African music to create a diverse music style that became his own. "Multikulti" is a quartet featuring international music, mainstream and reggae.

In a live concert recorded at the Days of Jazz Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, trumpeter/keyboardist/vocals Don Cherry, saxophonist/flutist/keyboardist Peter Apfelbaum, bassist Bo Freeman, and drummer Joshua Jones.

In this performance from the Days of Jazz Festival in Stuttgart, Don Cherry continues his fusion of jazz and world beat music, featuring African percussion and instruments. Peter Apfelbaum, Bo Freeman and Joshua Jones provide backing on such selections as "Trans Love Airways," "Rhumba Multikulti/Race Face," "Walk to the Mountain" and more.


Recorded live in concert at the Days of Jazz Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Don Cherry, as well as singing vocals, plays the following instruments: Pocket Trumpet, Keyboards, Doussin Gouni, Melodica, African Percussion, and Flute. Tracks include: "Walk to the Mountain" "Rhumba Multikulti/Race Face" "When the Rain Comes" "Bemsha Swing" "Trans Love Airways"

on Cherry was one of the most "youthful" musicians in contemporary jazz after 1960. Not only did he take part in the development of the free jazz idiom, but he was one of the first jazz musicians to seriously embrace other cultures, and develop a musical kind of multi-culturalism long before it became fashionable. In this sense, Don Cherry probably is one of the most important fathers of so-called "world music".

herry was born in 1936 in Oklahoma City. He first came to prominence as trumpeter in the bands of Ornette Coleman with whom he played from 1957 onward. He was a member of the "classic" Ornette Coleman Quartet into the 1960s. From 1963-1964 Cherry was one of the co-leaders of the New York Contemporary Five. The next couple of years he spent in Europe, living in Paris and later on in Sweden. At the same time he toured Asia and became interested in the musical traditions of different continents.

he Trio Codona with Nana Vasconcelos and Collin Walcott and the quartet Old and New Dreams which played a Coleman-oriented music brought Cherry to prominence again in the 1970s and 1980s, but the trumpeter also performed in a wide range of stylistic environments from ethnic musicians to the veteran trumpeter Jabbo Smith. Cherry died in October 1995 at a time when he was very much in demand with the growing enthusiasm for world music.

on Cherry often performed on a small pocket trumpet or cornet. His roots are clearly in the bebop tradition, his strength was not so much fast virtuoso lines but rather his melodic originality, his full, brassy sound and his ability to work within nearly any musical context. Ethnic influences can be discerned within most of his later works from instrumentation down to the structuring of his music.

Don Cherry Discography
compiled by Johann Haidenbauer
ArtistAlbum TitleLabel/Catalog No.Year
Ornette ColemanSomething ElseContemporary S7551, Orig. Jazz Classics OJC CD-163-21958
Ornette ColemanTomorrow Is The QuestionContemporary S7569, Orig. Jazz Classics OJC CD-342-21959
Paul BleyThe Fabulous Paul Bley QuintetAmerica 30AM6120 (retitled: Live at the Hillcrest Club) Inner City IC 1007, Musidisc 500542(F)1959
Ornette ColemanColeman Classics, Vol. 1Improvising Artists IAI3738521959
Ornette ColemanThe Shape Of Jazz To ComeAtlantic SD13171959
Ornette ColemanChange Of The CenturyAtlantic SD13271959
Lenox School Of JazzOrnette '59S.O.J. 1/2(It); Jeal Records RJD 513(Dk)1959
John Coltrane/Don CherryThe Avant GardeAtlantic SD1451, Atlantic 790041-21960
Ornette ColemanThis Is Our MusicAtlantic SD13531960
Ornette ColemanFree JazzAtlantic SD1364, Atlantic 1364-21960
Ornette ColemanOrnette!Atlantic SD13781961
Ornette ColemanOrnette On TenorAtlantic SD13941961
Ornette ColemanThe Art Of The ImprovisersAtlantic SD15721961
Ornette ColemanTwinsAtlantic SD15881961
Ornette ColemanTo Whom Who Keeps A RecordWarner Pioneer P-10085A(J)1961
Ornette ColemanBeauty Is A Rare ThingRhino/Atlantic 8122-71410-2 (6 CD compilation)1961
Steve LacyEvidenceNew Jazz NJLP8271, Original Jazz Classics OJC CD1755-21961
Sonny RollinsOur Man In JazzRCA LSP2612, RCA SF7546, RCA R25J-1043(J)1962
Sonny RollinsThree In JazzRCA LSP2725, RCA SF7626(UK)1963
Sonny RollinsOn The OutsideRCA ND82496 (compilation from above 2 albums)1963
Prince LashaIt Is RevealedBootleg1963
Sonny Rollins QuartetLive In EuropeUnique Jazz UJ22, Jazz Anthology JA5241, (retitled: Live In Paris) Magnetic Records MRCD1011963
Sonny RollinsStuttgart 1963 ConcertJazz Connoisseur JC106, Jazz Anthology JA52351963
New York Contemporary FiveConsequencesFontana 681013ZL, Fontana 881013ZY1963
New York Contemporary FiveVol. 1Sonet SLP36, Polydor 623235(UK), Delmark DL409, Storyville SLP1010 (CD includes previous LP) Storyville STCD82091963
New York Contemporary FiveVol. 2Sonet SLP51, Polydor 623267(UK), Delmark DL412, Storyville SLP1009 (CD includes previous LP) Storyville STCD82091963
Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary FiveArchie Shepp and the New York Contemporary FiveSavoy MG12184, Realm RM52422(UK), Byg 529101(F)1963
Albert AylerNew York Eye & Ear ControlESP10161964
Albert AylerGhostsDebut DEB143, Fontana 688606ZL, (retitled: Vibrations) Freedom FLP40117, Arista AL1000, Freedom FCD741001964
Albert AylerThe Hilversum SessionOsmosis 60011964
Albert AylerAylerPhilology W88, (retitled: Live in Europe 1964/66) Landscape LS2-9021964
Don CherryTogethernessDurium MSA77127, Cicala BL7068, InnerCity IC10091965
George RussellGeorge Russell at Beethoven Hall, Vol. 1MPS-SABA SB15059, BASF 251251965
George RussellGeorge Russell at Beethoven Hall, Vol. 2MPS-SABA SB150601965
Sunny MurraySony's Time NowJihad 663, (retitled: Sunny's Time Now and More) Jazzette BPCD-025(Cr)1965
Sunny MurrayThe LieDIW 850925 (7" single)1965
Don CherryComplete CommunionBlue Note BLP42261965
Giorgio GasliniNuovi SentimentiHMV QELP8154, EMI 3C064 18036(I)1966
Don CherryLive At The Montmartre, Vol. 1Magnetic Records MRCD1111966
Don CherryLive At The Montmartre, Vol. 2Magnetic Records MRCD1121966
Don CherrySymphony For ImprovisersBlue Note BLP4247, Cema/Capitol 7777 28976-21966
Don CherryWhere Is Brooklyn?Blue Note BLP43111966
Don CherryThe Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Don CherryMosaic MD2-145 (contains the 3 Blue Note LPs of Cherry above)1966
Krzysztof KomedaLe DepartPhillips M437.376E1966
Albert MangelsdorffAlbert Mangelsdorff And His FriendsMPS 15210ST1967
Charles BrackeenRhythm XStrata East SES19736, Strata East 660.51.0191968
The Jazz Composers OrchestraThe Jazz Composers OrchestraJCOA LP1001/2, JCOA (ECM)841 124-21968
Don CherryEternal RhythmMPS 15204ST, BASF 206801968
Frank ZappaPigs 'n' RepugnantVulture Records CD 001/2(I)1968
Ornette ColemanCrisisImpulse AS91871969
Clifford JordanIn The WorldStrata East 19721, Polydor 2383 206(UK)1969
Charlie HadenLiberation Music OrchestraImpulse AS91831969
Allen Ginsberg/William BlakeSongs Of Innocence And ExperienceVerve-Forecast FTS30831969
Don CherryMu. First PartByg 529301, Affinity AFF8, (CD incl. also the following LP) Affinity CD AFF7741969
Don CherryMu. Second PartByg 529331, Affinity AFF17, (CD incl. also the previous LP) Affinity CD AFF7741969
Don CherryLive In AnkaraSonet SNTF 669 (retitled: Ankara) Piccadilly Records Pic 35111969
Al HeathKawaidaTrip TLP50321969
Jon Appleton/Don CherryHuman MusicFlying Dutchman FDS 1211970
Carla Bley/Paul HainesEscalator Over The HillJCOA 3LPEOTH, JCOA (ECM)839 310-21970
Don CherryDittoByg YX3012/13(J), (retitled: Orient) Affinity AFFD82, Affinity CD AFF7691971
Don CherryBlue LakeByg YX 4022/23(J)1971
Don CherryOrganic Music SocietyCaprice RIKS LP44,50(Sw)1971
Krzysztof Penderecki/Don CherryActions - The New Eternal RhythmPhillips 6305, Wergo SM10101971
Ornette ColemanScience FictionColumbia KC31061, CBS S647741971
Ornette ColemanBroken ShadowsColumbia FC38029, CBS 859341971
Ornette ColemanBroadcastsJJ For Jazz JFJ803, (retitled: Stating The Case) Jazz Anthology JA52481972
Don Cherry/Dollar Brand/Carlos WardThe Third World UndergroundTrio PAP9018(J)1972
Don CherryRelativity SuiteJCOA LP10061973
Alexandro JodorowskyThe Holy Mountain(Film on Laser Disc)(J)1973
Don CherryEternal NowSonet SNTF653, (retitled: Tibet) Piccadilly Records Pic35151973
Michael MantlerNo AnswerVirgin Records Watt21973
Don CherryDittoA&M Horizon SP717 (titled: Brown Rice) EMI 3C06418107(F), A&M 397001-21975
Don CherryHear And NowAtlantic SD182171976
Old And New DreamsLiveBlack Saint BSR 00131976
Charlie HadenThe Golden NumberA&M Horizon SP727, A&M 390 825-21976
Steve HillageLVirgin V20661976
Lou ReedBetween Thought And ExpressionRCA PD90621 (also released as 3 individual CDs. Cherry is on Vol. 2)1976
Lou ReedSweet Lou - Walking In Los AngelesUnited Records (bootleg), (retitled: Live In Los Angeles 1976), SGRS 026, (retitled: Claim To Fame) DIYE 431976
Collin WalcottGrazing DreamsECM 10961977
Dollar BrandThe JourneyChiaroscuro CR1871977
Johnny Dyani QuartetSong For BikoSteeplechase SCS1109, Steeplechase SCCD 311091978
Collin Walcott/Don Cherry/Nana VasconcelosCodonaECM 11321978
Don Cherry/Latif KhanMusic/SangamEuropa JP20091978
Lou ReedThe BellsArista SPART1093, BMG 2629181978
Mandingo Griot SocietyMandingo Griot SocietyFlying Fish 076, Flying Fish FF700761978
Masahiko Togashi/Don Cherry/Charlie HadenSession In Paris, Vol. 1, Song of the SoilPaddle Wheel GP3206(J), Take One Records TOKJ-1501(J)1979
Old And New DreamsOld And New DreamsECM 11541979
Karl BergerWoodstock Workshop OrchestraMPS 00682501979
Collin Walcott/Don Cherry/Nana VasconcelosCodona 2ECM 11771980
Old And New DreamsPlayingECM 12051980
Various ArtistsJazz Jamboree '80Muza SX 1983(PL)1980
Ian Dury & The BlockheadsLaughterStiff Seez 301980
Bengt BergerBitter Funeral BeerECM 11791981
Rip Rig & PanicI Am ColdVirgin V22281981
Various ArtistsInterpretations of MonkDIW 395/398(J)1981
Don Cherry/Ed BlackwellEl CorazonECM 12301982
Billy BangUntitled GiftAnima Productions 3BG91982
Collin Walcott/Don Cherry/Nana VasconcelosCodona 3ECM 12431982
Charlie Haden/Carla BleyBallad Of The FallenECM 12481982
Brion GysinSelf-Portrait JumpingCrammed Disc/Made to Measure 33(B)1983
Jim PepperComin' And Goin'Europa JP2014, Antilles/Island ANCD87061983
Tullio De PiscopoAcqua e VientoBagara 1655291(I), Zyx Records 20.040(D)1983
Sun RaHiroshimaSaturn 11-831983
Sun RaStars That Shine DarklySaturn 9-1213-85B1983
TammaTamma With Don Cherry & Ed BlackwellODIN LP14(N)1984
Frank LoweDecision In ParadiseSoul Note SN10821984
Doudou GouirandForgotten TalesVent Du Sud VS106(F)1985
Don CherryHome BoyBarclay 827488, Secret Records (BMG)552108(F)1985
Tony Vacca & Tim MoranCity SpiritsPhilo PH-9007(Can)1985
Ramuntcho MattaRamuntcho Matta Presents Polo Lombardo and Brion GysinMoskito 006(F)1985
Sarah Vaughan & FriendsA Jazz Session ('Sass and Brass')HBO Video/Atlantic Vision 50209-3(video)1986
Masahiko TogashiBura-BuraAlfa Records 50XB-107/8, Alfa Records ALZ-28006(LP)(J), Pan Music PMC 1103(F)1986
Nana SimopoulosWings And AirEnja 50311986
Don CherryArt DecoA&M 395258-21986
Ornette ColemanIn All LanguagesCaravan of Dreams CDP85008, CDPCD 850081987
Audio LetterIt Is This It Is Not ThisCityzens for non-linear Futures CNLF-1(Can)1987
Old And New DreamsA Tribute To BlackwellBlack Saints 120-113198
Various Artists20th Anniversary Of The Summer Of LoveShimmy-Disc 001, Shimmy Disc 9024/CD1987
Trilok GurtuUsfretCMP Records CMP 33ST1988
BongwaterDouble BummerShimmy-Disc 0111988
Heiner GoebbelsDer Mann Im FahrstuhlECM 13691988
Charlie RouseEpistrophyLandmark LLP1521, Landmark/GRP LCD-1521-21988
Don CherryMultikultiA&M 395323-21989
Charlie HadenThe Montreal Tapes, Vol. IIVerve 523 260-21989
Hilton RuizDoin' It RightNovus/RCA PL830851989
Sun RaPurple NightA&M 75021 5324-21989
Sun RaSomewhere ElseRounder Records 11663036, Zensor ZS136(D)1989
Jai UttalFootprintsTriloka Records 183-21990
Joe HenryShuffletownA&M 395 315-2, Mammoth Records MR0095-21990
Don CherryMultikulti (video)View Video 1348 (video)1991
Hassan Hakmoun/Adam RudolphGift Of The GnawaFlying Fish FF705711991
Philippe KahnWalkin' On The MoonPacific High PH10021991
The Watts Prophets With Don CherryChange Is OverdueNew World Rhythm 001(UK)1992
George Gruntz/Allen GinsbergCosmopolitan GreetingsMGB MGBCD9203(Ch)1992
Original Motion Picture SoundtrackDie RatteAriola 74321 13302-2(D)1993
Don CherryDona NostraECM 14481993
Ed Blackwell Project, Vol. IIWhat It Be Like?Enja ENJ-80541991
Ingrid SertsoDance With ItEnja ENJ8024-21994
Various ArtistsStolen Moments: Red, Hot And CoolGRP 97941994
Ira CohenThe Poetry Of Ira CohenSub Rosa SR62(B)1994
Various ArtistsUp And Down Club Sessions, Vol. IIMammoth Records MR0104-21994

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