Don Cherry - Om Shanti Om

Catalog # BS 058
Genre Jazz Spiritual / Cosmic & Soul Jazz
Format Vinyl - EULP

Essential Don Cherry!

An amazing document of the life experiment that was the Organic Music Society. This super quality audio, recorded by RAI (the italian public broadcasting company) in 1976 for television, documents a quartet concert focused on vocals compositions and improvisations. Here, Don Cherry and his family-community’s musical belief emerges in its simplicity, with the desire to merge the knowledge and stimuli gained during numerous travels across the World in a single sound experience. Don's pocket-trumpet is melted with the beats of the great Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, the Italian guitar of Gian Piero Pramaggiore, and the tanpura drone of Moki. A pure hippie aesthetic, like in an intimate ceremony, filters a magical encounter between Eastern and Western civiliziations, offering different suggestions of sound mysticism: natural acoustics in which individual instruments and voices are part of a wider pan-tribal consciousness. A desert Western landscape marries Asian and Latin atmospheres. Indigenous contributions with berimbau explorations find fossil sounds of rattles and clap-hands invocations. Influences of Indian mantra singing are combined with eternal African voices or with folkish-Latin guitar rhythms , while flute and drums evoke distant dances. In the Organic Music everything becomes an act of devotion and love, an ecstatic dwell in the dimension of a sacred free-rejoice.

Over the last few years we’ve been spoiled with great spiritual jazz reissues coming from all directions, but Don Cherry’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ is a special one.

Recorded at the Italian RAI studios in 1976 for a television broadcast, it features Don Cherry and his wife Moki at the height of their spiritual and creative powers, accompanied by legendary Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos.

Together they form the heart of Organic Music Theatre, the improvisational group that toured worldwide festivals during the first half of the seventies and recorded the utterly fantastic album of the same name for the Swedish Caprice imprint. They’re joined here by Italian multi-instrumentalist Gian Piero Pramaggiore.

As anyone who has seen the forty minute concert registration will attest (the whole thing is on YouTube in full black-and-white glory and it’s one of the greatest things the web has to offer - you owe it to yourself to check it out in its entirety) this performance is a work of wonder - a musical get-together that consists of elements of free jazz, classical and spiritual music inspired by Cherry’s time in India with the Dagar Brothers, sacred Buddhist melodies from Tibet and the Trans-Amazonian sounds of Nana Vasconcelos, but transcends any genre label you’d want to put on it. ‘Om Shanti Om’ is a freeflowing ceremonial celebration of life that’s completely free of any restriction or pretense - a mindblowing work of pure altruistic beauty.

型番 BS 058
販売価格 3,300円(税300円)


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