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Don Cherry: Organic Music Society

On Ornette Coleman’s early sides as a leader, his trumpeter and principal cohort, Don Cherry, allowed experimentalism to air itself out while keeping a leg knee-deep in blues and bebop phrasing. Cherry always seemed more comfortable than Coleman with explicitly acknowledging his points of reference, and this stayed true even when those touchstones evolved to … Read More “Don Cherry: Organic Music Society”

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Ralph Peterson: The Duality Perspective

Drummer Ralph Peterson was one of Art Blakey’s last protégés, and he seems to have drawn a lot from his mentor: a gregarious comfort in the leader’s position; a flaying mastery that drives his bands without flagging, even if that sometimes means privileging fire over precision; and a knack for rearing precocious talents. On The … Read More “Ralph Peterson: The Duality Perspective”

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