December 3, 2008 – 4:27 am

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New York Total Music Company
Frankfurt 1968 [no label, 1CD]

Deutsches Jazzfestival 1968, Volksbildungsheim, Frankfurt, Germany, March 24, 1968. Very good FM recording.

Trumpeter Don Cherry might have honed his craft when he played with Ornette Coleman in the late ’50s and early ’60s but he did not hesitate to flex his musical muscles on his own.

To call Cherry a trumpet player is not only misleading but does a great injustice to the musician. While he played the trumpet and cornet and assorted flutes, he was adept at the piano and even experimented with electronics.

So it was not a great surprise to find Cherry performing a free jazz-ish set with Steve Lacy at the Deutsches Jazzfestival in Frankfurt in March 1968 and then record the world-fusion Eternal Sunshine in November (with Albert Mangelsdorff and Sonny Sharrock among others).

In an interview, Cherry said: “The form of jazz where you had the composition, then the sax solo, trumpet solo, piano solo, drum solo, then trade fours - that concept doesn’t open up for surprises. And surprise is, to me, one of the most important things in life, for inspiration. I would write compositions so I could change those compositions. Or I’d have one artist solo in one piece and out of that piece we’d go to another, maybe never going back to what we started with.”

Not only that, Cherry appeared to be a very fair leader, allowing every member here to shine and the intricate interaction among the players was not lost on the appreciative Frankfurt audience. Listening to this set, one can just picture Cherry with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face.

Don Cherry died in Spain in 1995 due to liver failure. He was 58.

Thanks to Jazzrita for sharing this show on the Dime site.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.1 Tune In (KB,comp) 6:01
2 A New Folk (DCh,comp) 12:23
3 Bird Suite (KB,comp) 7:13
4 Going Home (KB,comp) (fade-out) 4:14

Don Cherry - cornet, bamboo flute
Steve Lacy - saxophone
Karl Berger - vibes, piano
Kent Carter - bass (thanks to Luis Torregrosa for clarifying the name)
Jacques Thollot - drums

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  1. 10 Responses to “DON CHERRY - FRANKFURT 1968”

  2. Thanks for this. Ialways think Ihave everything, but there’s always one more by Don that Ihave to have.

    By deconstructo on Dec 4, 2008

  3. Wow. Very cool to see this, as I just read about it a month or so ago in Ekkhard Jost’s book. LOVE Lacy in this period — love all these guys really. Jost claims that the concert was more successful than the record (*Eternal Rhythm*), but I already think the record is great so I’m really looking forward to hearing this!

    By Brent on Dec 8, 2008

  4. This is so cool. I wasn’t really familiar with Don Cherry except the name until you posted the ‘76 Lou Reed show. And now this.


    By Society's Pliers on Dec 9, 2008

  5. Grweat upload!

    The correct name for the bass player is Kent Carter

    By Luis Torregrosa on Jan 3, 2009

  6. Thank you for Don Cherry. Always approachable, friendly (except when he was dope sick)and sweet. He was always into something different and progressive. Listen to him with Carla and Jack!
    Love ya DC.

    By lanzarishi on Mar 22, 2010

  7. I never got to meet DC, but fell in love with his music the first time I heard Complete Communion–for me, around 40 years ago. A friend of mine played drums with him just before his last trip to Spain–it has been 15 years and I don’t think I go more than a week without playing some Don Cherry.

    By beelzbubba on Dec 10, 2010

  8. Lovely stuff. Thanks for this Big O. Always good to hear anything from Don. Saw him in Glasgow, Scotland about 20 or so years ago. Just magical.
    Peace to all.

    By Allan McFadyen on Nov 30, 2011

  9. Fantastic recording

    By Bernestalketr on Nov 28, 2012

  10. If possible, a repost would be wonderful! Thank you!

    By Larry Blood on Feb 4, 2017

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