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The Codona Trilogy Box set, Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B001EKXX1I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Like That Of Sky
2. Codona
3. Colemanwonder
4. Mumakata
5. New Light
Disc: 2
1. Que Faser
2. Godumaduma
3. Malinye
4. Drip-Dry
5. Walking on Eggs
6. Again and Again, Again
Disc: 3
1. Goshakabuchi
2. Hey Da Ba Doom
3. Travel By Night
4. Lullaby
5. Trayra Boia
6. Clicky Clacky
See all 7 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

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.

Recorded 1978-82

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'.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nick ( Larry )Lamb on 12 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of quality ''World'' music, this is the bargain of the century - 3 ECM Cds for the price of one, all in a beautiful package with the additional benifit of a short essay on Codona. Spot on !
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Unique, pre-"new age" and pre-"world beat" 26 Jun. 2010
By W. T. Haight II - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I don't have this package, but I bought the three Codona LPs when they were initially issued.

I really miss Collin Walcott. He was a brilliant student of Indian traditional music, but adapted the tabla and sitar to a variety of contexts. He also played a good deal of hammered dulcimer, and a kalimba-type instrument I think he made from a gas can. Oregon hasn't been the same without him, and, of course, Codona has ceased to exist at all. His rhythms, his facility with improvisation, his palette of musical colors were unique and irreplacable.

I miss Don Cherry too. He was one of Ornette's original collaborators in Los Angeles in the late '50's with his lithe pocket trumpet lines. But Don was an amazing person, expatriated himself to Scandinavia, grew his own food and sewed his own clothing. He taught himself piano, douss'n gouni and some pennywhistle-type flutes. He brought the freedom and joy of Ornette's music to a variety of musics, and was the perfect partner for Collin.

I miss Nana as well. I saw him play first with Pat Metheny's band in the late '70's or early '80's. A friend who joined me thought he was going to shoot someone with that "bow and arrow" (the berimbau). He could coax such a wide variety of unlikely but appropriate and oh so musical noises from the oddest looking devices. Collin and Don have passed, I don't know if Nana has as well.

There was nothing like this band, and I fear there never will be. They played simultaneously every genre and no genre. Much of what they played live was improvised on the spot, but they could drift in and out of songs at will.

Codona 1 was probably the most solid release, but Codona 2 remains my favorite. Codona 3 showed the broadest range of styles. Each disc is brilliant in its own way, but they are very different.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
CODONA! 8 Aug. 2010
By Ad Arma - Published on
Format: Audio CD
India-influenced jazz.
Very original and good interactions.
Hearing the invention of pure 'Worldmusic'!
(before the term was scrumbled and degenerated because too many bad musicians were producing a kind of weak eastern-flavored wallpaper-muzak..)
But hey, there (still) is also a lot of goooood music coming from the cross-overs.
It's partly now been integrated.
And this one ís one of the sources of good music!
Don Cherry was a Don indeed!
It didn't date. Fresh and Honest.
A document to pick while sitting and looking trough your window..
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Improvisation that sought to transcend jazz and embrace every world tradition, though it started to run out of steam by album 3 19 Dec. 2014
By Christopher Culver - Published on
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Codona was the name of a project by three musicians rooted in jazz but with a boundless curiosity for other musical traditions: Collin Walcott (sitar and tabla), Don Cherry (trumpet), and Nana Vasconcelos (percussion). Together they recorded three albums for the ECM label: Codona (1978), Codona 2 (1980), and Codona 3 (1982). This box set reissues these classic albums.

Walcott had training in Indian music, Vasconcelos hailed from Brazil with its melange of European and African diaspora traditions. Cherry was active in the counterculture and picked up a few things from various African musics. The Codona project was essentially a workshop where they could explore exotic timbres, make use of the interplay of sound and silence for dramatic effect, and combine East and West in a way that foresaw the explosion of World Music.

There is palpable sense of studio space: sometimes Walcott is front and centre, but Cherry and Vasconcelos sound like they are moving around or content to do their own thing in a corner somewhere. Across the three albums, Cherry and Walcott go beyond what they are usually known for: in addition to his famed trumpet, Cherry plays, doussn'gouni, various flutes, kazoo, organ and melodica, while Walcott, besides sitar and tabla, plays hammered dulcimer, sanza and timpani.

One of the unusual aspects of Codona's work within the ECM fold is that these three musicians exploited overdubbing to create thicker textures. "Que Faser" opens with tabla and sitar, which Walcott of course wasn't playing at the same time. On "Like That of Sky", the opener to the first album, growling vocals are multitracked to create a shamanistic ritual of unidentifiable provenance. In "Godumaduma", the second track of CODONA 2, Walcott performs alone, the music consisting of two string lines double-tracked.

While Codona went off exploring exotic traditions, they didn't entirely leave behind the jazz music they were based on. There are three Ornette Coleman tunes across the first two albums, which are recognizable but nonetheless utterly transformed by the new instrumentation. In "Clicky Clacky" on the third album, Don Cherry turned his hand to the hobo blues genre, writing a praise of railroad travel that sounds like some authentic folklore from the 1930s, but Walcott's sitar makes it a very curious blues indeed.

If Codona's versatility had to be represented by one track, it might be "Malinye" from CODONA 2. Cherry initially plays his horn while Walcott beats a timpani and Vasconcelos sings, the proceedings rooted in a folk music refrain. However, this track, 12 minutes long, eventually transforms into a free-jazz free-for-all with wordless shouting from the players and unstructured drumbeats, and then ends with minimalism of the Steve Reich sort.

I cannot claim to be entirely bowled over by Codona's body of work. Things start to feel repetitive by the third album. Paradoxically, while this project was seemingly open to anything, it ultimately had limited possibilities. The invariable airiness and spaciousness of Codona's work, the mainly slow tempos and desire to avoid swinging, were starting to drag them down. Nonetheless, the first two albums especially are fine works that hold up well decades later, and even if one considers Codona a forebear of "World Music", they aren't the kind of unimaginative crossover gimmickry (merely Western pop with "ethnobeats" added on top) that one often associates with the genre.

This box set reissue (from 2008) includes none of the original artwork. Rather, it is a new design featuring only black and yellow text on a pure white background. The booklet includes archival photos of the musicians, as well as substantial liner notes by Steve Lake that describe the project's origins, Codona's special approach to music making, and the project's aftermath in the wake of Walcott's untimely death. Within the clamshell cardboard box, the three CDs are packed in three cardboard sleeves.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic 21 Mar. 2012
By Babbo - Published on
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Great music from great musicians. This was world music before anyone even thought to call it that. And it has rarely been done with as much style and breadth since.
Don Cherry ftw 28 Jan. 2014
By Harley Swick - Published on
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Don Cherry is one of my favorite artists, and these CDs have some of the most unique songs I've ever listened to. Great collaboration between these artists
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