Don Cherry (trumpeter)

Don Eugene Cherry ( born November 18, 1936 in Oklahoma City, † 19 October 1995, Málaga) was an American free jazz musicians and has become known primarily for his play on the pocket trumpet. He also played flutes, the African harp Doussn ' Gouni, various percussion instruments ( percussion), piano and even melodica, and also emerged as a singer.


Cherry was a member of the legendary quartet of Ornette Coleman (1957-1961, 1987). Then he played with John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins before joining the New York Contemporary Five formed with Archie Shepp and John Tchicai. After a stint in the group of Albert Ayler he formed with Gato Barbieri, Karl Berger and a European rhythm section his own quintet. After singing lessons with Pandit Pran Nath (along with Terry Riley and La Monte Young) Cherry was one of the great connector of jazz and world music. After European tours with Johnny Dyani, Okay Temiz and Han Bennink, Swedish musicians and his wife Moki he formed the mid-1970s groups again with American colleagues, especially Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell ( the Old and New Dreams project ), later also with Peter Apfelbaum and Carlos Ward. He also turned to the music of the African continent strengthened to ( Mandingo Griot Society, Gift of the Gnawa ) and reflected this in his compositions. With Naná Vasconcelos and Collin Walcott, he entertained the many influences open trio Codona. The pop group U2 has sampled on the album " Pop " his pieces. He played together with Lou Reed, among other things, to listen to the LP ( CD) " The Bells ".

His son Eagle-Eye Cherry and his stepdaughter Neneh Cherry are working as a musician and have transferred parts of his phrasing in her singing style.

Important shots

  • Complete Communion ( with Gato Barbieri, Henry Grimes, Ed Blackwell, 1965)
  • Symphony For Improvisers ( with Barbieri, Karl Berger and Pharoah Sanders and others, 1966)
  • Where Is Brooklyn? ( with Pharoah Sanders, Henry Grimes, Ed Blackwell, 1966)
  • Eternal Rhythm ( with Albert Mangelsdorff, Sonny Sharrock and Berger, 1968)
  • Mu 1 2 ( duet with Ed Blackwell, 1969)
  • Orient / Blue Lake ( with Johnny Dyani and Okay Temiz, 1971)
  • Organic Music ( with Maffy Falay, Bengt Berger, Naná Vasconcelos, Okay Temiz and others, 1972)
  • Relativity Suite (with Jazz Composer's Orchestra, 1973)
  • Brown Rice ( with Billy Higgins and Charlie Haden, 1975)
  • Hear and Now ( with Marcus Miller, Michael Brecker, Tony Williams and others, 1976)
  • Codona ( = Collin Walcott, Don Cherry, Naná Vasconcelos, 1978)
  • Codona 2 (1980 )
  • Codona 3 (1982 )
  • Home Boy / Sister Out ( with Ramuntcho Matta, Jannick Top and others, 1985)
  • Art Deco ( with James Clay, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, 1986)
  • Live at the Bracknell Jazz Festival ( with Carlos Ward, Mark Helias, Ed Blackwell, Naná Vasconcelos, 1986)
  • Multiculturalism ( with Peter Apfelbaum, Carlos Ward, Bob Stewart, Ingrid Sertso, Karl Berger, Ed Blackwell, Naná Vasconcelos and others, 1990)
  • Dona Nostra ( with Lennart Åberg, Bobo Stenson, Anders Jormin, Anders Kjellberg, Okay Temiz, 1993)

As a sideman

  • Ornette Coleman Something Else (1958 )
  • Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959 )
  • Ornette Coleman Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation ( 1960)
  • Sonny Rollins Our Man In Jazz (1962 )
  • New York Eye and Ear Control Albert Ayler with, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Gary Peacock, Sunny Murray (1965 )
  • Charlie Haden: Liberation Music Orchestra (1969 )
  • Carla Bley: Escalator over the Hill (1971 )