Complete Communion

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
With the extraordinary Complete Communion of 1965, trumpeter Don Cherry came into his own as a major free-jazz figure. Stepping away from Ornette Coleman’s band, Cherry surrounded himself with a brilliant team of interactive players, including bassist Henry Grimes, tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, and Coleman bandmate Ed Blackwell on drums. Together they make roiling yet orderly music, free improvisation framed by Cherry’s diverting themes. Cherry, whose tart horn work had made him the perfect foil for the innovative Coleman, distinguishes himself here as an independent voice, both as an instrumentalist and as a composer. Obviously inspired, the other three outdo ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
With the extraordinary Complete Communion of 1965, trumpeter Don Cherry came into his own as a major free-jazz figure. Stepping away from Ornette Coleman’s band, Cherry surrounded himself with a brilliant team of interactive players, including bassist Henry Grimes, tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, and Coleman bandmate Ed Blackwell on drums. Together they make roiling yet orderly music, free improvisation framed by Cherry’s diverting themes. Cherry, whose tart horn work had made him the perfect foil for the innovative Coleman, distinguishes himself here as an independent voice, both as an instrumentalist and as a composer. Obviously inspired, the other three outdo themselves: Barbieri, in particular, has rarely sounded so compelling, while Grimes and Blackwell go far beyond any conventional rhythm section roles. While Coleman’s visionary take on free jazz is echoed throughout Complete Communion, this landmark album stands on its own as a masterly work A year later, all four players also collaborated on Cherry’s gripping Symphony for Improvisers.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Not counting a couple of sessions he co-led with John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, Complete Communion was the first album Don Cherry recorded as a leader following his departure from the Ornette Coleman Quartet. It was also one of the earliest showcases for the Argentinian tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, who Cherry discovered during a stay in Rome. While the music on Complete Communion was still indebted to Coleman's concepts, Cherry injected enough of his own personality to begin differentiating himself as a leader. He arranged the original LP as two continuous side-long suites, each of which incorporated four different compositions and was recorded in a single take. In practice, this meant that several melodic themes popped up over the course of each side; all the musicians free-associated off of each theme, engaging in intense, abstract dialogues before moving on to the next. As the album's title suggests, every member of the group not only solos, but shares the total space selflessly. Bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Ed Blackwell both play extremely active roles, especially Grimes, who solos powerfully and sometimes carries the main riffs. Often the music sounds more like a conversation, as opposed to a solo with support, because the musicians make such intelligent use of space and dynamics, and wind up with a great deal of crackling, volatile interplay as a result. The leader remains recognizably himself, and his burnished tone is a nice contrast with Barbieri's fiery approach; for his part, Barbieri's playing has a lot of speechlike inflections, and he spends a lot of time in the upper register of his horn, which makes him sound quite similar to Ornette at times. As a whole, the project comes off remarkably well, establishing Cherry as an avant-garde force to be reckoned with in his own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724352267323
  • Catalog Number: 22673
  • Sales rank: 71,824

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Cherry Primary Artist, Trumpet, Cornet
Gato Barbieri Tenor Saxophone
Henry Grimes Bass
Ed Blackwell Drums
Technical Credits
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
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