A specially-priced 3-CD box brings together the marvellous recordings made in the late 1970s and early 1980s by the trio of trumpeter Don Cherry, percussionist Nana Vasconcelos and sitar player and multi-instrumentalist Collin Walcott: Codona, Codona 2 and Codona 3. Delightful listening, these albums by three highly-innovative musicians are also milestones in the history of improvisation between the genres - world music before there was a name for it.
The beauty of Codona is in the trio's open-mindedness, proposing equal rights for all the idioms, and for music of all the continents. The group was a coming together of three highly-innovative musicians, each an inventive sound explorer.
Don Cherry - (trumpet, flutes, doussn'gouni, melodica, organ, voice), Nana Vasconcelos - (berimbau, cuica, talking drum, percussion, voice), Collin Walcott - (sitar, tabla, hammered dulcimer, sanza, timpani, voice)
About the Artist
Don Cherry (1936-1995) was a legend, and one of the trumpeters who defined the sound of modern jazz. A beautifully inventive player who, in Ornette Coleman's group, prophesied "The Shape of Jazz to Come" already in 1959, and went on to play with many of the music's giants: Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp... His ECM recordings include important discs with the Old and New Dreams band and drummer Ed Blackwell. Cherry's musical curiosity also led him beyond jazz, in every direction. There were collaborations with Penderecki and with Lou Reed, and there were nomadic journeys all over the globe in search of new sonorities. In Mali, Cherry learned to play the doussn'gouni, the African hunter's harp, whose fibrous buzzing is part of the Codona sound.
There will never be another player like Collin Walcott (1945-1984): a classical percussionist who made the transition to jazz (playing Indian instruments). Walcott studied with the greatest - sitar with Ravi Shankar and tabla with Alla Rakha. He brought what he'd learned into sessions with Miles Davis. He co-founded the band Oregon, and made highly influential recordings under his own name for ECM: 'Cloud Dance' (just reissued in the new ECM Touchstones series) and 'Grazing Dreams'.
Nana Vasconcelos (born 1944) and now the only surviving member of this great group, brought his Brazilian magic to it, with his berimbau and his shakers and his hand drums. Most listeners first heard him in the company of Egberto Gismonti on the revelatory 'Dança das cabeças'. For ECM he also recorded with Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Arild Andersen and Pierre Favre, and released his own acclaimed album 'Saudades'.