Symphony for Improvisers

Symphony for Improvisers

by Don Cherry


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Symphony for Improvisers

For his second album, Symphony for Improvisers, Don Cherry expanded his Complete Communion quartet -- tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, bassist Henry Grimes, and drummer Ed Blackwell -- to a septet, adding vibraphonist Karl Berger, bassist Jean François Jenny-Clark, and tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders (who frequently plays piccolo here). The lineup has a real international flavor, since Barbieri was from Argentina, Berger from Germany, and Jenny-Clark from France; Cherry had gigged regularly with all three during his 1964-1965 sojourn in Europe, and brought them to New York to record. With all the added firepower, it's remarkable that Symphony for Improvisers has the same sense of shared space and controlled intelligence as its predecessor, even when things are at their most heated. Once again, Cherry sets up the album as two continuous medleys that fuse four compositions apiece, which allows the group's improvisational energy and momentum to carry straight through the entire program. The "Symphony for Improvisers" suite is the most raucous part of Cherry's Blue Note repertoire, and the "Manhattan Cry" suite pulls off the widest mood shifts Cherry had yet attempted in that format. Even though the album is full of passionate fireworks, there's also a great deal of subtlety -- the flavors added to the ensemble by Berger's vibes and Sanders' piccolo, for example, or the way other instrumental voices often support and complement a solo statement. Feverish but well-channeled, this larger-group session is probably Cherry's most gratifying for Blue Note.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724356382329
catalogNumber: 63823

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Cherry   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Cornet
Gato Barbieri   Tenor Saxophone
Karl Berger   Piano,Vibes
Henry Grimes   Bass
Jean-François Jenny-Clark   Bass
Ed Blackwell   Drums
Henry Grims   Bass
Pharoah Sanders   Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Don Cherry   Composer
Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Alfred Lion   Producer,Audio Production
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
A.B. Spellman   Original Liner Notes
Reid Miles   Cover Design

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