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After having released Don Cherry's Cherry Jam as a limited Record Store Day title in the Autumn of 2020, Gearbox presents this essential release on specialist Japanese Edition vinyl and CD.
‘Cherry Jam’ sets the scene in Copenhagen, a city which proved instrumental in the hosting and development of jazz musicians both local and American. Cherry had performed and recorded there with Archie Shepp in 1963, toured with Albert Ayler in the autumn of 1964, and would go on to have a residency at the hip Cafe Montmartre in 1966.
Our recording is taken from the original tape of a 1965 radio broadcast, programmed by Denmark’s national radio station (Danmarks Radio.) It was in this same year that Cherry would record his landmark Blue Note recording, ‘Complete Communion’, with Leandro 'Gato' Barbieri on tenor saxophone, Henry Grimes on double bass, and Edward Blackwell on drums, as well as feature on fellow American expatriate George Russell’s live album ‘George Russell Sextet at Beethoven Hall’. This particular line-up however, consisting of Danish musicians, has never been heard after its original broadcast date, and neither have the three original Don Cherry compositions that are featured on the recording credits.
A1 The Ambassador from Greenland A2 You Took Advantage of Me
B1 Priceless B2 Nigeria
Don Cherry - cornet Mogens Bollerup - tenor saxophone Atli Bjørn - piano Benny Nielsen - bass Simon Koppel - drums
Recorded at Danmarks Radio Studio 2, Copenhagen, October 1965 Mastered in-house at Gearbox Records Artwork photograph by Riccardo Schwamenthal