MILES AND MILES AWAY

January 15, 2013 – 4:16 pm

Musical ecumenism was on Don Cherry’s mind in ‘69.

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DON CHERRY & GEORGE GRUNTZ GROUP
1969 [no label, 1CD]

Live in Tunisia and Stuttgart, 1969. VG+ FM(?) and TV broadcast stereo.

Here’s the news:

Jan 13, 2013 (Reuters) - French fighter jets pounded Islamist rebel strongholds deep in northern Mali on Sunday as Paris poured more troops into the capital Bamako, awaiting a West African force to dislodge al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the country’s north.

In 1969, world music was on the minds of Rolling Stone Brian Jones and jazz cornet player Don Cherry. That, however, did not stop the rock juggernaut from growing louder and louder. Now the bombs are once again dropping in Africa. Rock and jazz are no longer concerned with musical unity. The once-upon-a-time community of musicians are all focused on singular “popularity”.

Can you imagine musicians allowing politicians to start wars so easily in the ’70s?

Even a cursory listen to these recordings will tell you Cherry stepped aside to allow the middle easterners and north Africans to play their hearts out. The rhythms are non-jazz, the instruments are ethnic, the voices alien to pop and jazz. What was common, back in 1969, was the enthusiasm for anything strange and the idealism to found a new world. Too bad that dream is over.

A huge thanks to woessner for sharing these tracks at DIME. These are the only known performances of this material. Also rest in peace George Gruntz (June 24, 1932 - January 10, 2013).
- Professor Red

Cover picture by Francis Wolff, posted at indianapublicmedia.org; George Gruntz picture posted at rockrarecollectionfetish - Thanks!

Lineage:
FM > ? > Trade CD > EAC > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Tracks 1-6 live in Tunisia, May 1969
Track 01. Untitled intro 0:44 (1.2MB)
Track 02. Buanuara 5:23 (8.6MB)
Track 03. Alaji 3:43 (5.9MB)
Track 04. Salhe 1:36 (2.5MB)
Track 05. Nemeit 5:04 (8.1MB)
Track 06. Fazani 5:00 (8.0MB)

Tracks 7-9 live at Beethovensaal der Linderhalle, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept 5, 1969
Same personnel plus Eberhard Weber - bass

Track 07. Mahgreb Cantata part 1 (Is Tikhbar, Ghitta, Alaji) 11:25 (18.3MB)
Track 08. Mahgreb Cantata part 2 (Djerbi, M’rabaa, Buanuara) 22:21 (35.8MB)
Track 09. Mahgreb Cantata part 3 (Nemeit, Hayadanumuyama, Fazani) 18:03 (28.9MB)
73:02m

Lineup:
George Gruntz - piano, celeste
Don Cherry - cornet, flute
Sahib Shihab - flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone
Henri Texier - bass
Daniel Humair - drums
Salah El Mehdi - ney, flute
Moktar Slama - bendire, bagpipe, mezuette, soukra
Jelloud Osman - ney, bendire, mezzuette, bagpipe
Hattab Jouini - tabla, darbouka, bendire

From Amazon: “The 1969 avant-garde collaboration between trumpeter Don Cherry and electronics pioneer Jon Appleton was originally released on legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman label. The album, Human Music, has four compositions with the titles Boa, Oba, Abo, and Bao, with Cherry stretching out on various flutes and African percussion instruments in addition to pocket trumpet.” Buy it here.

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  1. 7 Responses to “MILES AND MILES AWAY”

  2. Thanks, bigO!. This type of collaboration is always worth a listen. (Like Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin)

    By NAMoosedog on Jan 15, 2013

  3. i am grabbing this one, bigO!!! super selection!

    I-)

    By I-) on Jan 15, 2013

  4. still grabbing those files - some of them are coming in at a blistering 1.3 kbps! sheesh! can data be transmitted that slow? i could come over and get those myself faster…

    I-)

    By I-) on Jan 15, 2013

  5. hey bigo, will have to get this! thanks for posting it. i got the savoy session you offered in july and the duo with steve lacy you offered in dec 2008.

    i’m slowly but surely catching up. i got bowie earlier this morning. i had difficulty getting it sunday morning. it was real slow. today it was fast.

    i may get the clash too. i saw the missing tracks are on youtube so i’ll fill them in.

    i can use more sun ra shows! i have the four you offered and several on cd-r’s.

    the zappa ritz show is one of the best you offered. i only wish christopher cross got to play on ride like the wind. on the show, zappa said he couldn’t make it but will be at the l.a. show.

    maybe on dizzy and woody shaw. there’s too much other stuff to get, in addition to what you’re offering.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Jan 15, 2013

  6. hey bigo, according to this site, the date for the tunisia show is may 23, 1969. i’m not sure on the spelling of songs, but i’m going with what you have.

    http://web.comhem.se/kassman/doncherry.htm

    i have another don cherry with terry riley i found five years ago on a blog called elastic rock. it’s cool.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Jan 15, 2013

  7. Jazz is indeed the peoples music,no matter where they`re from…..I love it.

    By Couz on Jan 16, 2013

  8. > according to this site, the date for the
    > tunisia show is may 23, 1969

    i read that site as saying that he was in tunisia from may 5 to 23, 1969.

    I-)

    By I-) on Jan 16, 2013

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