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Don Cherry 1936-1996


The most important trumpeter in the jazz avant garde, Cherry first came to national attention in Ornette Coleman’s revolutionary quartets of the 60’s. His most often used medium was the pocket cornet, a smaller version of the standard sized horn, but he also played piano and a host of African, Asian and other instruments from around the globe. Old and New Dreams and Cordona were two world-fusion bands featuring Cherry. He recorded with Coltrane, Rollins, Archie Shepp and nearly everyone of note in the free-jazz movement. “El Corazon” with drummer Ed Blackwell on ECM showcases Cherry in top form.


Photograph by Roger Kallins. Courtesy of Patricia Darlington.


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