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Cherry, Don: Home Boy, Sister Out (WeWantSounds)

Trumpeter Don Cherry recorded this funk album in France in 1985 with a set of multi-ethnic Paris players including Elli Medeiros and produced by Ramuntcho Matta, the songs crossing funk with jazzy vamps, rock roots and modern approaches, reissued with new liner notes and 5 bonus tracks including the cult 1983 single "Kick" featuring legendary author Brion Gysin.

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UPC: 3700604717676

Label: WeWantSounds
Catalog ID: WWSCD 014CD
Squidco Product Code: 25903

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: UK
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at studio Caroline in Paris, France, by Ramuntcho Matta.


Don Cherry-pocket trumpet, vocals

Doussn'Gouni-piano, synthesizer, melodica

Ramuntcho Matta-guitar

Jannick Top-bass

Negrito Trasante-bongos, congas, talking drum, rhythm box

Polo Lombardo-konks

Claude Salmieri-drums

Fil Mong-bass

Jean-Pierre Coco-congas

Abdoulaye Prosper Niang-drums

Elli Medeiros-backing vocals

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"Imagination and a passion for exploration made Don Cherry one of the most influential jazz musicians of the late 20th century. A founding member of Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking quartet of the late '50s, Cherry continued to expand his musical vocabulary until his death in 1995. In addition to performing and recording with his own bands, Cherry worked with such top-ranked jazz musicians as Steve Lacy, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, and Gato Barbieri. Cherry's most prolific period came in the late '70s and early '80s when he joined Nana Vasconcelos and Collin Walcott in the worldbeat group Codona, and with former bandmates Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell, and saxophonist Dewey Redman in the Coleman-inspired group Old and New Dreams. Cherry later worked with Vasconcelos and saxophonist Carlos Ward in the short-lived group Nu.

The Avant-Garde

Born in Oklahoma City in 1936, he first attained prominence with Coleman, with whom he began playing around 1957. At that time Cherry's instrument of choice was a pocket trumpet (or cornet) -- a miniature version of the full-sized model. The smaller instrument -- in Cherry's hands, at least -- got a smaller, slightly more nasal sound than is typical of the larger horn. Though he would play a regular cornet off and on throughout his career, Cherry remained most closely identified with the pocket instrument. Cherry stayed with Coleman through the early '60s, playing on the first seven (and most influential) of the saxophonist's albums. In 1960, he recorded The Avant-Garde with John Coltrane. After leaving Coleman's band, Cherry played with Steve Lacy, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, and Albert Ayler. In 1963-1964, Cherry co-led the New York Contemporary Five with Shepp and John Tchicai. With Gato Barbieri, Cherry led a band in Europe from 1964-1966, recording two of his most highly regarded albums, Complete Communion and Symphony for Improvisers.

Cherry began the '70s by teaching at Dartmouth College in 1970, and recorded with the Jazz Composer's Orchestra in 1973. He lived in Sweden for four years, and used the country as a base for his travels around Europe and the Middle East. Cherry became increasingly interested in other, mostly non-Western styles of music. In the late '70s and early '80s, he performed and recorded with Codona, a cooperative group with percussionist Nana Vasconcelos and multi-instrumentalist Collin Walcott. Codona's sound was a pastiche of African, Asian, and other indigenous musics.

Art Deco

Concurrently, Cherry joined with ex-Coleman associates Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, and Dewey Redman to form Old and New Dreams, a band dedicated to playing the compositions of their former employer. After the dissolution of Codona, Cherry formed Nu with Vasconcelos and saxophonist Carlos Ward. In 1988, he made Art Deco, a more traditional album of acoustic jazz, with Haden, Billy Higgins, and saxophonist James Clay.


Until his death in 1995, Cherry continued to combine disparate musical genres; his interest in world music never abated. Cherry learned to play and compose for wood flutes, tambura, gamelan, and various other non-Western instruments. Elements of these musics inevitably found their way into his later compositions and performances, as on 1990's Multi Kulti, a characteristic celebration of musical diversity. As a live performer, Cherry was notoriously uneven. It was not unheard of for him to arrive very late for gigs, and his technique -- never great to begin with -- showed on occasion a considerable, perhaps inexcusable, decline. In his last years, especially, Cherry seemed less self-possessed as a musician. Yet his musical legacy is one of such influence that his personal failings fade in relative significance."

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"Elli Medeiros (born 18 January 1956 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is a singer and actress.

The Stinky Toys

Medeiros moved to Paris, France, at the age of 14, dropped out of high school a couple of years later and joined the punk band The Stinky Toys.

Elli et Jacno

After the group disbanded, Medeiros joined another Stinky Toy member Jacno to form the electropop duo Elli et Jacno. Together they released several albums, one of them the soundtrack to an Éric Rohmer film Les nuits de la pleine lune.


The singer went solo in 1986. The songs, "Toi mon toit" (1986) and "A bailar calypso" (1987), were big hits in France and had a more Latin sound than her previous records.

She sang back-up vocals on several of pop star Etienne Daho's songs from his 1996 album Eden. She also helped co-write his song "Me manquer" from the same album.

Elli Medeiros appears in a number of French films and has worked with, among others, Olivier Assayas and Philippe Garrel."

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track listing:

1. Call Me 4:33

2. Treat Your Lady Right 6:07

3. Butterfly Friend 3:43

4. I Walk 3:11

5. Art Deco 2:52

6. Rappin' Recipe 7:19

7. Reggae To The High Tower 4:09

8. Alphabet City 3:40

9. Bamako Love 5:23

10. Kick (Single Version) 4:07

11. Rappin' Recipe (Instrumental) 7:20

12. Benoego 3:50

13. Initiation (Demo) 2:55

14. Treat Your Lady Right (Bim Bam Bom) 6:12
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"Don Cherry's cult downtown Paris Funk masterwork produced in 1985 by Ramuntcho Matta and originally released by Barclay in France only, finally gets a worldwide release on Wewantsounds. The album, which typifies the formidable multi-ethnic Paris sound of the 80s, features French post-punk muse Elli Medeiros (Stinky Toys, Elli & Jacno), avant garde poet Brion Gysin and cult drummer Abdoulaye Prosper Niang (from the mythical Senegalese group Xalam). Newly Remastered, the album is augmented by a second LP worth of bonus tracks and a deluxe gatefold sleeve featuring a new essay by French journalist Jacques Denis.

Recorded at Studio Caroline, a hotbed for the African diaspora in Paris during the 80s, and produced by French-Chilean musician and producer Ramuntcho Matta (his father is Chilean painter Roberto Matta and half-brother is cult New York artist Gordon Matta-Clark), "Home Boy, Sister Out" is one of Don Cherry's most original albums.

Matta is one of the true architects of that 80s Paris sound mixing music from all over the Planet with the street vibe of the French capital. He had spent his formative years in Paris and then switched to New York where he lived between 1978 and 1980 interacting with the cream of the Downtown scene including Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, Peter Gordon, Arto Lindsay, The Talking Heads and many more. Returning to France, Matta started delving into Paris' hip underground scene led by Actuel Magazine, working and going out with Elli Medeiros, which led to a chance meeting with Don Cherry, and to the recording of Home Boy in Spring 1985.

Very little known outside of France where it has achieved cult status, the album perfectly embodies the spirit of the "Sono Mondiale", the multi-ethnic sound that that came out of the Paris streets mixing Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Electro, African & Latin music. A unique sound that was spear-

headed by Radio Nova, Celluloid Records, Crammed Disc and producers like Ramuntcho Matta, Martin Meissonnier and Hector Zazou. Featuring the legendary drummer

Abdoulaye Prosper Niang, Negrito Trasante, Elli Medeiros, Jannick Top and Don Cherry on various instruments plus vocals, the album is a fascinating blend of Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae and African music. Above all, it's Don Cherry's love for the song format that shines all the way through.

This edition of Home Boy also includes a handful of bonus tracks taken from Ramuntcho Matta's vaults including the cult 1983 single "Kick" featuring legendary multi artist Brion Gysin who influenced the likes of David Bowie, Keith Haring, John Zorn, Genesis P-Orridge and Brian Jones. "-WeWantSounds

Also available on vinyl LP.
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