Don Cherry records with Gato Barbieri, Henry Grimes and Edward Blackwell ‘Complete Communion,’ an album for Blue Note (1965)

Don Cherry‘s ‘Complete Communion’ is an album recorded on December 24, 1965 with Gato Barbieri, Henry Grimes and Edward Blackwell and released in 1966 By Blue Note.

Track Listing : 1.Complete Communion: Complete Communion/And Now/Golden Heart/Remembrance (Don Cherry) – 20:38 . 2.Elephantasy: Elephantasy/Our Feelings/Bishmallah/Wind, Sand And Stars (Don Cherry) – 19:36

Reid Miles

Musicians : Don Cherry – Cornet . Leandro ² – Drums

Francis Wolff

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion Rudy Van Gelder

Recorded On December 24, 1965 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released In 1966 By Blue Note.

Package : Reid Miles asterisques RVM – Design . Nat Hentoff – Liner Notes . Francis Wolff asterisques RVM – Photography

(Source Don Cherry – Complete Communion | Don Cherry -@ wikipedia)


Piero Scaruffi
Cherry (at the ostensible leader) is quite subdued, his pocket trumpet unable to stand up to Barbieri’s exuberant saxophone and to the creative and sometimes chaotic rhythm section: but that was precisely Cherry’s point. […]

Cherry articulated an avant positivism that still has many esteemed adherents. While the buoyant, often folkish themes of these two LP sidelong suites are decidedly user-friendly compared to much of what was happening in 1965-Coltrane’s Ascension; Ornette’s Chappaqua Suite; Ayler’s Bells-this is adventurous music even by today’s standards. […]

Cosmik Debris
I can say the group allowed each sound to evolve gradually as opposed to simply throwing them out in well-bordered modesand I can say it’s a very rewarding listen. It’s also a listen that is doable for avant-garde fence-sitters, because the dangerous, near-chaotic sections are tied together with pieces of music that are more comfortable […]


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