July 9, 2012 – 4:27 am

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Unreleased Session 1963/1964? [no label, 1CD]

This Savoy session is suspected to be from 1963. Some list this as January 9, 1964, Savoy Studios, New York. Excellent soundboard.

The wikipedia lists Don Cherry, together with John Coltrane, on the 1960 album, The Avant Garde (it was released five years later in 1966). The next album to feature Cherry as band leader was Togetherness (1965). And then, there was the New York Contemporary Five group which released the Consequences album in 1963, and which featured this session’s lineup (according to notes posted on the internet).

Unfortunately, there is nothing much written about this 1963 or 1964 Savoy session other than the tracks appear not to have been officially released.

The wikipedia also noted: After leaving Coleman, Cherry eschewed the trend towards funk/fusion and continued to play sparse jazz, often in small groups and duets (many with ex-Coleman drummer Ed Blackwell) during a long sojourn in Scandinavia and other locations.

Thanks to the person who shared these track on the net in 2006.

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Track 01. Untitled 4:01 (6.4MB)
Track 02. Studio Chatter 0:15 (436k)
Track 03. Untitled 4:11 (6.7MB)
Track 04. Studio Chatter 0:16 (448k)
Track 05. Untitled 5:27 (8.7MB)
Track 06. Untitled 6:03 (9.7MB)

Don Cherry - trumpet
John Tchicai - alto
Archie Shepp - tenor
Don Moore - bass
JC Moses - drums

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  1. 9 Responses to “DON CHERRY - UNRELEASED SESSION 1963/64(?)”

  2. hey bigo, this looks good. thanks. old avant is the best. it’s been awhile on don cherry. 4 years almost since the duo with steve lacy from frankfurt. it’s a good one.

    as for the date, jan 9, 1964 is very possible. it’s probably not unheard of for musicians to record two sessions in one day. don was in ny with albert ayler quartet, according to this site below. in later 1963 the above band would have been in europe.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 9, 2012

  3. sweet big O! thanks ed for the details.

    By Billy Jack on Jul 9, 2012

  4. a refreshing change, bigO! thanks!


    By I-) on Jul 9, 2012

  5. Always a delight to see Don Cherry stuff. I think there are a couple of Ayler/Cherry tracks on the Ayler box set - Holy Spirit. These may be from around the same period.

    By Allan McFadyen on Jul 10, 2012

  6. Sorry - Holy Ghost!

    By Allan McFadyen on Jul 10, 2012

  7. Beautiful!!

    Love that period.
    They were on a sorta inversion of what most of the Blue Note Records were from the same time.

    As a Philly person, I love Archie Shepp. His swagger, his articulation and intelligence speak to and for me and mine. Don Cherry never got his props in the US. It’s a shame.

    Glad that this is here and we can hear it.

    Many thanx.

    By macon dead on Jul 11, 2012

  8. looks good, thanks :)

    By Tony on Jul 11, 2012

  9. Thanks. However, there is no alto sax on this. There is however an unidentified pianist clearly audible.

    By glmlr on Jul 12, 2012

  10. glmlr is right. no alto, but piano. which points to the unissued session of january 6, 1963. which would make the personnel Don Cherry, cornet; Pharoah Sanders, tenor sax; Joseph Scianni, piano; David Izenzon, bass; J.C. Moses, drums. this comes from the website ed saad notes in the first comment. timings, by the way, match with bigo, not the website, just to make things even more interesting.
    and continued thanks and salutations to the great Big O!!

    By mr. stu on Jul 20, 2012

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