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Complete Communion [Original recording remastered]

Don CherryAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00004GJVK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bona Fide Classic April 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This long unavailable album is a true masterpiece of the '60's avant-garde - At times wild, at times serene and contemplative, always captivating... The interplay between the musicians is amazing, with Barbieri's sax and Blackwell's drumming especially noteworthy. Being a limited edition makes this cd an immediate must-buy for any fan of Coltrane, Ornette, or transcendent music!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great outing June 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
upon first seeing this album, i was a bit skeptical. i know that i love Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, and Henry Grimes. but Gato Barbieri? The master of Latin Jazz? he stopped me from actually giving the disc a listen for a long time. but finally i did hear it and to much my surprise (and happiness) it was hot! Barbieri almost steals the show. but Don Cherry matches him every step of the way. if you love Ornette Coleman's recordings with Cherry and want to hear him in a "leader" role then this album is a good place to start. his later stuff really moved a lot into world music and i don't dig it as much. but this album smokes!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just unmissable January 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Era ora! Dopo anni di oblio torna alla luce uno dei grandi capolavori del free jazz. Questo disco, registrato nel 1965 dal cornettista Don Cherry con il tenorsassofonista argentino Gato Barbieri ed una sezione ritmica composta da Henry Grimes al contrabbasso e Ed Blackwell alla batteria, rimane uno dei momenti più importanti di tutta la stagione free. Cherry, reduce da una lunga militanza nel quartetto di Ornette Coleman, trova in Barbieri il compagno ideale per intraprendere un dialogo brillante, fatto di suggerimenti, urli ed intrecci, condotto con una comunione d'intenti che sembra quasi telepatica. Anche la sezione ritmica, che crea una base poliritmica sulla quale i fiati tessono le loro trame, non disdegna d'intervenire nella conversazione. Nei due lunghi brani che compongono il disco, l'improvvisazione free e post-bop si contamina d'influssi etnici, regalando una musica che ancora oggi suona innovativa e non può che farci notare come molti degli attuali astri del jazz stiano in effetti ripercorrendo strade gia esplorate trentacinque anni fa.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT AND A HALF August 27, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Here is a contradiction which will forever fascinate me; Ornette Coleman and his quartet abandoned chord centers and made some of the most melodic jazz I know. John Coltrane stuck with a chord base until the end and made some of the most searing. Compare Free Jazz with Ascension.

Don Cherry has a less ideological relationship to free jazz, He walked around music with that little pocket trumpet of his, going anywhere he desired. Cherry was in Coleman's band, but worked with Coltrane on an album called Avant-Garde.

This non-bound approach bares fruit on Complete Communion, recorded Christmas Eve, 1965. Cherry has an amazing band here: himself, Coleman bandmate Ed Blackwell drumming, Cecil Taylor's bassist, Harry Grimes, and a young Gatto Barbieri on tenor.

Two tracks, the title and "Ellphantasy" compose this album. There is a lot of free soling here, but this is basically melodic music. When any one of the musicians is taking flight, it is done with only the backing of the rhythm section. There is no McCoy Tyner on piano, like in the Coltrane Quintet; so while the soloing may be fre4e harmonically, there is little backdrop, so little dissonance.

Both tracks have melodic, even hooky, opening riffs which occur throughout the pieces, and this sets the tone. Blackwell has an amazingly light touch on drums, the opposite of Elvin Jones' sledgehammer attack, and neither Cherry or Barbieri play abrasively.

The playing here by all is top notch, but more amazing is how light and airy this music feels.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELEPHANTASTIC April 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
one of the best conceived free jazz works i've heard in a long time, great reissue top flight band Blackwell, Barbeiri, Grimes and Cherry - complete and collective communion , spiritual swing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a great album! June 3, 2012
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This is truly a great album that grows on me every listening! There is so much new I hear each time that makes me love it more and more. I honestly was a little skeptical because I'm not as huge a Coleman fan as a Coltrane one, but this first Cherry album (after leaving Coleman) is just absolutely great!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Playful and evocative July 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 free workouts which flow together to form a suite.
There is a great variety in the many composed and improvised parts in each of the pieces. Some are boppish' others full of melodic and rhythmic abandon. Some have an almost tribal feel to them courtesy of Ed Blackwell. Still others are quiet and gentle, though never for long.
Throughout the CD Ed Blackwell plays some complex and swinging drums. He's a sympathetic and aware player who pushes and pulls at the right moments. Likewise Henry Grimes bass playing. He's a nimble player who keeps everthing moving and is dynamically aware.
Don Cherry and Gato Barbieri are playful with the composed parts and very free and lyrical with their solos. Initially I was surprised by Gato's presence in this a more free setting, but he plays fine and has a warm and strong tenor sound. Don plays exceptionally well, really stretching out and is in fine tone throughout. These guys seem to be having a lot of fun and its infectious.
Overall this CD is both complex and rewarding. The twenty minutes per song goes by quickly. Not groundbreaking but a very enjoyable set of 1960's era free jazz. One can really hear the influence of this CD and Ornettes early work in the Masada series by John Zorn.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Join the Communion
Once again I am lucky to find a great record. This album by Don Cherry is seldom mentioned in the most oft-repeated jazz "best of"-lists, but it most certainly should be - or then... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Miksa76
5.0 out of 5 stars S.McDade
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 more
Published on September 28, 2009 by Mr. Steven Mcdade
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of 60s Free Jazz
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 more
Published on August 4, 2009 by jonathan schlackman
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Blue Note outing for Don Cherry
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 more
Published on April 8, 2001 by
5.0 out of 5 stars Really solid date
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 more
Published on October 31, 2000 by Stephen
3.0 out of 5 stars Uhhh... Not a fave.
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 more
Published on October 23, 2000 by Allan MacInnis
5.0 out of 5 stars Avante garde masterpiece
Cherry begins to shed Coleman's stylings and develop into an original musician and composer in his own right. Read more
Published on July 11, 2000 by Michael Stack
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