Don Cherry - Old And New Dreams

Marking ten years since his death, Jez Nelson revisits the work of avant-garde leader, mullti-instrumentalist and trumpeter Don Cherry.

Renowned as the first great free jazz trumpeter, Cherry's lineage stretches from Louis Armstrong and Chet Baker right up through Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and the moderns like Dave Douglas and Wynton Marsalis.


0120051029Cherry helped pioneer the freeing up of harmony in jazz, alongside saxophonist Ornette Coleman in the late 1950s.

Afterwards he collaborated with others including Sonny Rollins and Albert Ayler, before forming his own international quintet.

Featuring rare archive material from Don Cherry, plus vibraphonist Karl Berger and critic Ben Young.

02 LAST20051105In the mid-60s at the height of the free jazz revolution, Don Cherry opted to go on the road in a VW camper van, travelling through Europe exploring the different folk music traditions and learning the instruments he came across along the way.

In the decades which followed, he fused the improvising spirit of jazz with the indigenous music of Brazil, Turkey, India, Morocco, China and Indonesia.