DON CHERRY - MU. SECOND PART

DON CHERRY - MU. SECOND PART

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Released: 31/05/2024

Don Cherry and drummer Ed Blackwell recorded the two legendary “Mu” sessions on the same day and, more than fifty years later, those albums sound just as fresh and innovative as they did back then. Both musicians had played with Ornette Coleman and contributed to the revolutionary free jazz movement of the late 50s and early 60s. The two of them shared a highly intuitive approach to improvisation which coupled with Cherry’s keen explorations of folk music from other cultures, imbue the “Mu” recordings with undeniable beauty, spiritual depth and originality. Inspired by his travels and endless quest to broaden his musical horizons, “Mu” Second Part finds Don Cherry playing lyrical passages on Indian and bamboo flutes, as well as piano, bells and his trademark pocket trumpet. He also makes reference to South African musician Abdullah Ibrahim, aka Dollar Brand, and jazz drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath on tracks that writer Ekkehard Jost has described as “unpredictable and endlessly fascinating.