Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell - El Corazón
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Trumpet and drum duets are not exactly commonplace, making this collaboration between Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell something special. The music is often quite sparse (Cherry also plays a little bit of piano, melodica and organ) and the colorful Blackwell often steals the show (although the trumpeter's unaccompanied "Voice of the Silence" is a highpoint). The use of space is consistently impressive and those listeners with open ears will find this thoughtful date quite interesting. ~ Scott Yanow, AMG
This duo recital begins with a lovely medley of Don Cherry's "Mutron" and Monk's classic "Bemsha Swing." The radiant, elegant swing these master musicians elicit from the most straightforward of grooves is indicative of a deep spiritual intimacy going back some 20-plus years, when the Californian trumpeter and the New Orleans drummer helped Ornette Coleman to flesh out his innovative style of collective improvisation.
During the intervening years, Cherry and Blackwell were recognized as innovators in their own right. The pocket trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist forged a provocative blend of modern jazz and folk music from around the world, while the drummer advanced our notions of rhythm as a form, a musical character as capable of melodic persuasion as any horn.
On "Solidarity" Cherry announces the theme on piano, and Blackwell responds with a ritualistic beat that echoes the tribal ceremonies of the Crescent City's legendary Congo Square, segueing seamlessly into the near-eastern airs of "Arabian Nightingale." "Roland Alphonso" finds Cherry on the folksy sounding melodica over Blackwell's no-frills reggae beat, while "Makondi" features Cherry on the aboriginal doussin'gouni, as Blackwell creates a remarkable, multi-layered rhythmic statement on cowbells and drums that is simple, singing and evocative of mother Africa.
The fact that many of the improvisations on EL CORAZON bear only a peripheral resemblance to suit-and-tie jazz is of no concern to these great improvisers, because they seek to evoke an attitude of spontaneous invention and conversational interplay that ... ~ CDUniverse
My friend and I used to rate this as being the best Don Cherry album (at least the best without Ornette Coleman or Charlie Haden on). I've kind of moved over towards 'Live at Bracknell' but this still a truely fine album. The breakdown from Bermsha Swing into Arabian Nightingale is lovely, and you can hear Cherry's feet on the studio floor as he goes between the stack of African folk instruments he uses. Ed Blackwell is, as ever, tremendous, and you really get the feeling that they're both digging what the other's doing so much. Buy this now! ~ K. Patterson
Don Cherry (Trumpet, Piano, Melodica, Doussn'gouni and Organ)
Ed Blackwell (Drums, Wood Drums and Cowbell)
Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell - El Corazón Tracks:
01 Mutron/Bemsha Swing/Solidarity/Arabian Nightingale (Don Cherry/Thelonious Monk) 15:18
02 Roland Alphonso (Roland Alphonso) 3:17
03 Makondi (Don Cherry) 3:49
04 Street Dancing (Ed Blackwell) 2:21
05 Short Stuff/El Corazón/Rhythm for Runner (Ed Blackwell/Don Cherry) 7:29
06 Near-In (Ed Blackwell) 6:43
07 Voice of the Silence (Don Cherry) 5:32