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  • Audio CD (12 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B00005LETT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Two groundbreaking albums recorded in 1969 by the inspirational artist for the French avante-garde jazz label BYG , now combined on one disc.

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By No Longer Used VINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Don Cherry took part in the 1969 Actuel festival held at Amougie in Belgium along with Free Jazz stars 'The Art Ensemble Of Chicago', manic pianist 'Dave Burrel', drummer 'Sunny Murray' and the amazing Archie Shepp.
These LP's were recorded at sessions on the 22nd August 1969 and represent a meeting of minds.
Ed Blackwell (ex Ornette) had just returned from Morocco were he had been absorbing the local music scene.
The interplay is fantastic as both men bounce ideas around Cherry switching to flute and piano as Blackwell runs through his arsenal of percussion.
If you liked Coltrane and Ali on Interstellar Space this should be your next stop.
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There are only two people playing on this CD Don Cherry on Trumpet , Flute, & percussion with Ed Blackwell on Drums & percussion. But, if you are thinking that this is going to be boring "out there" music think again. This is musicianship of the highest quality which swings & gets your feet tapping. One of THE two great albums of any genre. I recommend that you purchase it as it is cheap enough & will become a favourite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Duets 16 April 2003
By A. Stan Davis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Don Cherry's music has lately been slowly trickling out on CD. This excellent Duet recording with Ed Blackwell brings together the two "Mu" albums recorded in Paris in 1969. The chemistry of these two Musical Masters is great. Cherry's trumpet is big, bold and as vibrant as ever - darting and diving while Blackwell provides a perfect catalyst for explosive interactions. I especially enjoy Cherry's Bamboo flute and Piano sprinkled througout this disc. I love the way the sound shifts to different cultures without losing Cherry's unique vibe. This music is very tasteful and you can easily lose yourself in its' beauty. These two artist paint vivid musical pictures with plenty of textures and great color. Cherry and Blackwell are very insightful and intuitive throughout the recording. There are no weak moments. I wish someone would do a complete box set of all of Cherry's music. He was definitely a well respected musician around the globe, but still goes under-appreciated here at home.
If you enjoyed the duet recordings of Ornette Coleman (Soapsuds, Soapsuds) or Charlie Haden ("Closeness" Duets & The Golden Number), You will enjoy listening to this music. Great recording - 4 1/2 Stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mu music! 26 Nov. 2002
By Funkmeister G - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Don Cherry is mostly known as a trumpeter & sideman to Ornette Coleman, here he branches out into different sound territories on a whole bunch of instruments, most notably proving himself an excellent pianist. The Mysticism of My Sound displays this perfectly, somewhat reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's Cantalooupe Island. He is more than ably supported by Ed Blackwell who in that classic Ornette quartet when alternating from Billy Higgins, he was always the louder, harder-hitting one. Here the patterns are more in a "world music" style, though before the term was coined & before it became Ikea soundtracks. The comparisons to the mighty Interstellar Space make sense on some tracks though nowhere near as earth-shatteringly ferocious. MU [also the title of a Sun Ra song coincidentally from 1969 & the band Beefheart's guitarist Jeff Cotton formed post- Trout Mask] has a very distinct sound, the likes of which hardly anyone seems likely to repeat. It also was the 1st release [well, vol 1 anyway] on the important free jazz label BYG/Actuel. But the personal satisfaction you'll get should well outweight such trivia. Dig in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, Underrated Duo Album 28 Nov. 2009
By Art Johnson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1969, Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell's two-part "Mu" series is reissued here onto one compact disc. The album consists of several improvised duets between the players on a variety of instruments. One gets the sense that Cherry and Blackwell went into a room with some recording equipment and an assortment of instruments (Cherry plays his usual pocket trumpet, as well as piano and some kind of flute; Blackwell plays an assortment of percussion devices, including a traditional trap set) and made this amazing record. The album feels as a whole, with the progression of music never stopping, just fluidly segueing into different musical ideas for Cherry and Blackwell to explore and interact with. The passages of music can include fiery, bombastic brass-and-drums duets to rhythmic, earthy explorations with flute and colorful percussion devices, or even bluesy grooves with Cherry on surprisingly fluent piano. These duets are always playful, fun, exciting, and consistently rewarding. I've seen comparisons made to John Coltrane's classic Interstellar Space duets album with drummer/percussionist Rashied Ali, and in a way agree with them. They're both wholly or largely improvised duo albums by masters of freely improvised music; musicians who were exploring similar ideas at the same time period. However, this album is much more amiable and lighter in tone than Interstellar Space, which is an unrelentingly intense flow of incredibly forceful musical energy. This is a captivating, highly energetic and unforgettable album.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Don Cherry duos with Ed Blackwell -- Pan-African diaspora music 17 Nov. 2001
By Autonomeus - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is an attractive re-packaging of an earlier Charly CD, with a suitably psychedelic cover, appropriate to the music's origins in the late Sixties when Cherry was becoming a global nomad (he wound up in Scandinavia for many years).

Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell played together with Ornette Coleman before Ornette's historic first recordings. Billy Higgins played on "The Shape of Jazz to Come" (1959) but Blackwell had been there first, and appeared with his distinctive New Orleans rhythms on "This Is Our Music" (1960).

Cherry and Blackwell, who sadly have both passed on, always played subordinate roles in Ornette's quartet, but on this date they play as equals. Both were interested in "world music," and Blackwell was interested in all the branches of Pan-African rhythm (polyrhythms!) and percussion.

There are jazz aspects to "Mu," but as in Mingus, other elements are blended -- not only the blues in this case, but further back to folk musics of Africa. There is tremendous playfulness here, as well as respect.

Cherry and Blackwell would team up again over a decade later for "El Corazon" on ECM, also fantastic and well worth checking out. And by all means, don't neglect the records by Old and New Dreams either, which brought Cherry and Blackwell together with Charlie Haden and Dewey Redman in the Seventies as Ornette went electric...

(verified purchase from a record store in Glasgow)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of Sight! 12 Nov. 2001
By A. Benjamin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The idea of duo sessions between woodwind & percussion or brass & percussion was definitely in the air during the mid to late 1960s. John Coltrane, for example, had been experimenting with the duo format with drummer Rashied Ali (Interstellar Space) and before that with Elvin Jones. In fact if you like Interstellar Space, you'll groove on this. Unlike the Trane/Ali date, this particular session allows for plenty of open space amidst periods of fury; and Cherry alternates between trumpet, piano and flute throughout the album. Combined with great drumming and percussion from Ed Blackwell (who can swing and play beautiful African-inspired polyrhythms) Cherry creates sounds that have one foot in the avant-garde jazz of the late 1960s and the other foot in world music. Essential for fans of Don Cherry and others who have an interest in free jazz.
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