Don Cherry (1936-1995)

Don Cherry / Krzysztof Penderecki ‎– Actions (1971)
  1. Humus - The Life Exploring Force
  2. Sita Rama Encores
  3. Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra

Recorded live at the Donaueschingen Music Festival on October 17, 1971, Actions features a truly mind-bending confluence of musicians of the avant-garde, in the broadest sense of the term. Don Cherry -- the brilliant American free jazz trumpeter -- had recently expatriated to Sweden and was finding his way not only among the emerging free-jazz scene of Europe but also within his own constantly expanding musical palette that had begun to incorporate elements of African rhythms, Turkish folk idioms, and Indian classical music. Cherry, in collaboration here with Krzysztof Penderecki -- one of Poland's greatest modern composers, who is perhaps best known to casual audiences for the use of his music in The Exorcist (1973), The Shining (1980), and more recently, the third season of David Lynch's Twin Peaks -- creates a sonic landscape previously unrivaled in his work. Combining modern classical and avant-garde elements, choral arrangements, and a large free jazz ensemble -- The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra, formed specifically for this performance and featuring a veritable who's who of the European scene including Peter Brötzmann, Han Bennink, Terje Rypdal, Albert Mangelsdorff, and Gunter Hampel -- Actions is one of the most expansive sets of Cherry's storied career. -- Sound Ohm


Acoustic Guitar – Terje Rypdal
Bass – Buschi Niebergall
Bass, Electric Bass – Peter Warren
Conductor – Krzysztof Penderecki
Drums, Temple Block [Chinese Woodblocks], Tabla, Kalimba, Percussion, Performer [Plastic Hose, Horse Jaw Etc.] – Han Bennink
Flute, Bass Clarinet – Gunter Hampel
Orchestra – The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra
Organ, Electric Piano – Fred Van Hove
Tambura – Mocqui Cherry (tracks: 1)
Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Peter Brötzmann
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Willem Breuker
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Gerd Dudek
Trombone – Albert Mangelsdorff, Paul Rutherford (2)
Trumpet [Pocket], Flute [Chinese Shaun, South American Maya Bird], Vocals – Don Cherry (tracks: 1)
Trumpet, Cornet – Kenny Wheeler, Manfred Schoof, Tomasz Stańko
Vocals – Loes MacGillycutty (tracks: 1)


Recorded live at the Donaueschingen Music Festival on October 17, 1971.
p 1997 Wergo (previously on vinyl SM 1010) / p 2001 Intuition
24-bit digitally remastered at SAE Studios 301, Cologne
Originally released in 1971.

Don Cherry / Terry Riley - Live Köln (1975)
  1. Descending Moonshine Dervishes (19:44)
  2. Sunrise Of The Planetary Dream Collector (8:12)
  3. Improvisation (12:34)

Here’s a bootleg of Don Cherry and Terry Riley’s 1975 performance at Cologne. Performing three pieces on synthesizers, Riley leads, interweaving tones to the point of transcendence, while Cherry, on trumpet, gives a meditative focus to the compositions.

Don Cherry in UbuWeb Film