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Don Cherry -Brown Rice (1975) review


Don Cherry "Brown Rice" (EMI, 1975)

Don't let the name confuse you, Don Cherry isn't the Canadian hockey loud mouth with a taste for suites so gawdish that it can wreck your eyes from staring at for too long. No this is the avant garde jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. Lets take a little journey through many different ethnic influences on the record, like African tribal music? We got you covered! Like the music of India and various Arabic genres? We got that covered too! The title track includes some pretty scat inspired vocals mixed over some of the most freaky dubbed out free jazz I have heard. Perhaps a few too many hits of acid at a Sun Ra concert? Maybe he saw Miles Davis when he started using distortion on his trumpet? Only four tracks on this album, so its a quick listen but with it being so damn good I would expect multiple listens are in order! A must for fans of Sun Ra and modern contemporaries Forest Swords and Sun Araw. Grip This! Highly Recommended and I am very picky when it comes to jazz!

Review made by Matt Yablonski/2014
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