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This Blue Note release has been digitally remastered and is available for the 1st ever on CD.
Blue Note arrived late on the '60s avant-garde scene, only recording figures like Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, and Cecil Taylor after they had disappeared from the rosters of other major American jazz labels. Complete Communion, from 1964, was Don Cherry's first session as a leader after brilliant sideman contributions with Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins, and it's one of the landmark records of the era. The music consists of two long suites of interlocking Cherry compositions, and they're played with telepathic precision and explosive energy by a great quartet of Gato Barbieri on tenor saxophone, bassist Henry Grimes, and Cherry's long-term collaborator Ed Blackwell on drums. Cherry is in superb form, throwing off high notes like bright spears and twisting lines that suddenly rebound into the ensembles. For those who only know Barbieri's work from his later, more commercially inclined Brazilian-flavored work, his playing here will be a revelation. He combines an original sound, booting energy, and a startling melodic fluency that leaps freely over his horn's range. This is an essential document of jazz in the '60s. --Stuart Broomer
One of my favorite "avant-garde" albums. This is an incredible recording. The music is "out there" but still has melodies you can hum and will stick in your head. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Michael S.King Sr.
A most amazing album. I got this as an update from the vinyl copy I bought when it first came out. I hadn't heard it for a while and the instant it kicked in I recognised the... Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Mr. Steven Mcdade
This album is a joy. I put it on when I want to get my creative juices flowing. The interplay is subtle, sometimes not, and is always turning in interesting directions. Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by jonathan schlackman
This is a very good CD comprised of two tracks approximately 20 minutes each in length. Each track is divided into several sections alternating between composed and improvised... Read morePublished on July 1, 2004 by Chet Fakir
Apparently I read the liner notes and so I am going to give you my emotional rather than my musicologist or intellectual feelings about this album. Read morePublished on April 8, 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
After reading many reviews of this session, I think I expected a little wilder recording. I've read much about Gato Barbieri's 60s free playing, which is always compared to Ayler... Read morePublished on October 31, 2000 by Stephen
Seems like people are falling over themselves to praise this disc. I feel duty bound to register, as someone who ADORES much of Cherry's output thru the 70's and 80's, that this... Read morePublished on October 23, 2000 by Allan MacInnis