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Jazz-funk fusion, Cherry -style,
This review is from: Hear & Now (Audio CD)
This album, dating from 1976 and with a playing time of 45mins, is very much of its time - a jazz-funk fusion with world music elements made long before that approach became truly popular and before Cherry's involvement with Codona, the trio that did so much to pioneer that genre.
The music here is happy, undemanding feel-good stuff, miles away from Cherry's work with Ornette Coleman and the other free jazz groups he was often associated with. Its funky, lots of interesting polyrhythmic percussion work and nicely conceived relaxing compositions; the weakest track is "Universal Mother" which features a spoken lyric by Cherry himself; the strongest track - for me anyway - is the mini-suite that ends the disc. There are good contributions from Stan Samole on electric guitar and guest artists like Michael Brecker who appear on single tracks; nothing here is going to set the heather a-fire - its pleasant to listen to - Cherry has a beautiful, often lyrical sound on trumpet and he contributes some flute solos on three tracks. At this stage I don`t think the studios quite knew what to do with an eclectic like Cherry so albums like this were the result - a little bland but very well executed - good for what it is. Check out the sound samples or the download page to see if its for you.
I liked it and if you like the jazz fusion music of the period, chances are you will too. Ignore the rather naff album cover design, don`t pay too much and listen in the spirit Cherry intended.