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Complete Communion Import, Original recording remastered

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This Blue Note release has been digitally remastered and is available for the 1st ever on CD.

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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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  1. Complete Communion: Complete Communion/And Now/Golden Heart/Remembrance (24-Bit Mastering)20:38Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, 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: #107,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Ethington Jr. on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By teresa ruggles on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on 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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roscoe Stromboli on April 21, 2000
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Corrado Beldi on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miksa76 on December 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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 those canons should be used as toilet-paper!

I love Cherry's work with Codona and I am a fan of his cornet sound on those records. I was expecting something much more dissonant from this one, especially as Cherry's name is usually associated with Ornette Coleman in this stage of his career. However, this music is very melodic. Vague hints of latin melodies pass and mutate into hard-boppish lines. As many else here have noted, there is a lilting, dancing feel to the songs.

For someone like me with a background in rock music, this stuff hits the vein immediately. Cherry and Barbieri weave together funky riffs and phrases. By revisiting these riffs they create a free but solid structure, where free improvisation serves as glue. Grimes and Blackwell are a fantastic rhythm section: at times they sound like a rock band from late 60's, pushing and pulling, still playing deep in each others' pockets. (Some stuff strongly hints to the direction of Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, actually.) But this music is still very light, almost like a thought.

The unexpected stylistic shifts and subtle changes in dynamics make the compositions highly unpredictable. Both pieces advance with a enthusiastic flow, never sounding lost or jarring. If this is "free jazz", the "blowing-too-much-meaningless-notes" -syndrome I sometimes associate with the genre doesn't get too overbearing. Instead, there's a lot of joy.
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