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  • Audio CD (6 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00004GJVK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This was a transitional jazz recording for me, it took me from more mainstream be-bop outwards on a wonderful journey. It is not over-poweringly avante garde, but is definitely difficult ... rewarding intent listening. A wonderful vibrant colourful record, usually with a rhythmic pulse, sometimes a little wailing & wild, but still with a lot of swing. It is exactly the kind of album I thought would never be released onto CD ... left forgotten in an analogue world. It is wonderful that it has been remembered. If you like your music a little more complex & demanding than most, try this one. It is fantastic.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Not maybe one of the 'essential' Blue Note dates, but still a very fine record nonetheless. The vinyl reproduction is excellent also. I listened to it on you tube before purchasing. Highly recommended.
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Format: Audio CD
This was trumpeter Don Cherry's first album as leader after his departure from the legendary Ornette Coleman Quartet.
'Complete Communion' was recorded on Christmas Eve, 1965 and consists of two continuous suites covering a wide range of moods played by an explosive and empathetic quartet of Don Cherry(cornet); Gato Barbieri(tenor sax); Henry Grimes(bass) & Ed Blackwell(drums).
The dynamic interplay in the quartet is combined with strong and impassioned solos especially from the fiery Argentinian tenorist Barbieri.
this exhilarating and emotional music is full of life and humanity and 'Complete Communion' is an overlooked classic of '60s avant garde jazz.
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Format: Audio CD
This was Don Cherry's first album as leader after his departure from the legendary Ornette Coleman Quartet. 'Complete Communion' was recorded on Christmas Eve, 1965 and consists of two continuous suites covering a wide range of moods played by an explosive and empathetic quartet of Don Cherry(cornet), Gato Barbieri(tenor sax), Henry Grimes(bass) & Ed Blackwell(drums).
The dynamic interplay in the quartet is combined with strong and impassioned solos especially from the fiery Argentinian tenorist Barbieri.
This exhilarating and emotional music is full of life & humanity and 'Complete Communion' is an overlooked classic of '60s avant garde jazz.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d5c693c) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e8ee510) out of 5 stars Bona Fide Classic 26 April 2000
By Robert M. Ethington Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This long unavailable album is a true masterpiece of the '60's avant-garde - At times wild, at times serene and contemplative, always captivating... The interplay between the musicians is amazing, with Barbieri's sax and Blackwell's drumming especially noteworthy. Being a limited edition makes this cd an immediate must-buy for any fan of Coltrane, Ornette, or transcendent music!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e8ee564) out of 5 stars a great outing 1 July 2000
By teresa ruggles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
upon first seeing this album, i was a bit skeptical. i know that i love Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, and Henry Grimes. but Gato Barbieri? The master of Latin Jazz? he stopped me from actually giving the disc a listen for a long time. but finally i did hear it and to much my surprise (and happiness) it was hot! Barbieri almost steals the show. but Don Cherry matches him every step of the way. if you love Ornette Coleman's recordings with Cherry and want to hear him in a "leader" role then this album is a good place to start. his later stuff really moved a lot into world music and i don't dig it as much. but this album smokes!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e8eea20) out of 5 stars EXCELLENT AND A HALF 28 Aug. 2010
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here is a contradiction which will forever fascinate me; Ornette Coleman and his quartet abandoned chord centers and made some of the most melodic jazz I know. John Coltrane stuck with a chord base until the end and made some of the most searing. Compare Free Jazz with Ascension.

Don Cherry has a less ideological relationship to free jazz, He walked around music with that little pocket trumpet of his, going anywhere he desired. Cherry was in Coleman's band, but worked with Coltrane on an album called Avant-Garde.

This non-bound approach bares fruit on Complete Communion, recorded Christmas Eve, 1965. Cherry has an amazing band here: himself, Coleman bandmate Ed Blackwell drumming, Cecil Taylor's bassist, Harry Grimes, and a young Gatto Barbieri on tenor.

Two tracks, the title and "Ellphantasy" compose this album. There is a lot of free soling here, but this is basically melodic music. When any one of the musicians is taking flight, it is done with only the backing of the rhythm section. There is no McCoy Tyner on piano, like in the Coltrane Quintet; so while the soloing may be fre4e harmonically, there is little backdrop, so little dissonance.

Both tracks have melodic, even hooky, opening riffs which occur throughout the pieces, and this sets the tone. Blackwell has an amazingly light touch on drums, the opposite of Elvin Jones' sledgehammer attack, and neither Cherry or Barbieri play abrasively.

The playing here by all is top notch, but more amazing is how light and airy this music feels. You can play this and love the joy of the music, the exuberance of the playing by all the soloists. Complete contrast to Coltrane,Taylor, Archie Shepp, Pharroh Sanders, or most free jazz you know

That alone makes Complete Communion completely fascinating.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e8eedec) out of 5 stars ELEPHANTASTIC 22 April 2000
By Roscoe Stromboli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
one of the best conceived free jazz works i've heard in a long time, great reissue top flight band Blackwell, Barbeiri, Grimes and Cherry - complete and collective communion , spiritual swing
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e8eeed0) out of 5 stars Just unmissable 13 Jan. 2004
By Corrado Beldi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Era ora! Dopo anni di oblio torna alla luce uno dei grandi capolavori del free jazz. Questo disco, registrato nel 1965 dal cornettista Don Cherry con il tenorsassofonista argentino Gato Barbieri ed una sezione ritmica composta da Henry Grimes al contrabbasso e Ed Blackwell alla batteria, rimane uno dei momenti più importanti di tutta la stagione free. Cherry, reduce da una lunga militanza nel quartetto di Ornette Coleman, trova in Barbieri il compagno ideale per intraprendere un dialogo brillante, fatto di suggerimenti, urli ed intrecci, condotto con una comunione d'intenti che sembra quasi telepatica. Anche la sezione ritmica, che crea una base poliritmica sulla quale i fiati tessono le loro trame, non disdegna d'intervenire nella conversazione. Nei due lunghi brani che compongono il disco, l'improvvisazione free e post-bop si contamina d'influssi etnici, regalando una musica che ancora oggi suona innovativa e non può che farci notare come molti degli attuali astri del jazz stiano in effetti ripercorrendo strade gia esplorate trentacinque anni fa.
Arthur Cravan
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