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New York Jazz Collective: I Don’t Know This World Without Don Cherry

This is a composer-based date by a fairly diverse cooperative, under the New York Jazz Collective rubric produced by the pianist, New Zealander Mike Nock. The frontline is very ably manned by Marty Ehrlich on clarinets, flute and alto sax; Baikida Carroll on trumpet and fluegelhorn; Frank Lacy on trombone; bassist Michael Formanek; alternating drummers Pheeroan ak Laff and Steve Johns and Nock. Though the clever title might lead one to believe this is a Don Cherry tribute, it merely refers to the opening piece, a keen bit of business from Ehrlich’s very able pen that is keyed by ak Laff’s shades of Ed Blackwell, which is where the strongest echoes of the Ornette/Cherry sound is felt, in addition to Ehrlich’s theme.

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