Don Cherry – Cherry Jam (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 22:22 minutes | 883 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gearbox Records
In the same year that composer/multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry recorded his milestone Complete Communion (Blue Note, 1966) he took his cornet to the studio of Danish National Radio. Cherry had established himself by the early 1960s, playing with Steve Lacy, Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, John Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler and Ed Blackwell. Copenhagen began a long reign as a Northern European jazz mecca in the 1950s. In 1966 Cherry began a residency at that city’s iconic Café Montmartre and recorded these previously unreleased tracks during an earlier session at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation facility. On Cherry Jam, a vinyl EP from London-based Gearbox Records, Cherry is joined by four local musicians who while more than capable, are unfamiliar names outside their country.
Drummer Simon Kopel had recorded on three Krzysztof Komeda albums as part of an ongoing quintet that included Michal Urbaniak and Tomasz Stanko. Pianist Atli Bjørn and his trio teamed with Dexter Gordon on Cry Me A River (SteepleChase, 1978) and played with a half-dozen regional bands. His recording career with these groups ran from the mid-1950s through the early 1980s. Bassist Benny Nielsen had worked with Palle Mikkelborg and Sahib Shihab but like Bollerup, he has a very limited recording resume. Tenor saxophonist Mogens Bollerup appears only in the credits of a German release, John Tchicai And Cadentia Nova Danica’s Afrodisiaca (MPS Records, 1969), where he played percussion on a petrol can on one track.
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