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Cherry, Don

The Summer House Sessions [2 CDs]

Cherry, Don: The Summer House Sessions [2 CDs] (Blank Forms)

In July 1968 trumpeter Don Cherry assembled a group of Swedish musicians--Bernt Rosengren (sax & winds), Tommy Koverhult (saxophone & winds), Leif Wennerström (drums), Torbjörn Hultcrantz (bass), Jacques Thollot (drums) & Kent Carter (bass)--recording their session with the intention of a releasing an album that never happened, the tapes now re-discovered 50 years later and finally available!
 

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Liner notes by Magnus Nygren and album art featuring a cover painting by Moki Cherry: Untitled, ca. 1967-68.

UPC: 769791978034

Label: Blank Forms
Catalog ID: BF 024CD
Squidco Product Code: 30098

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded in Kummelnas, Sweden, on July 20th, 1968, by Goran Freese.


Personnel:

Bernt Rosengren-tenor saxophone, flutes, clarinet

Tommy Koverhult-tenor saxophone, flutes

Leif Wennerstrom-drums

Torbjorn Hultcrantz-bass

Jacques Thollot-drums

Kent Carter-bass

Bulent Ates-hand drum, drums

Don Cherry-pocket trumpet, flutes, percussion

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"Bernt Rosengren (born 24 December 1937, in Stockholm) is a Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist. His recordings have earned him five Gyllene Skivan awards in Sweden.

Rosengren first played professionally at age 19, as a member of the Jazz Club 57, and two years later in 1959 he played in the Newport Jazz Band. Roman Polanski's collaborator Krzysztof Komeda used Rosengren in the performance of his jazz score for Polanski's film Knife in the Water (1962). Rosengren recorded a string of critically acclaimed albums in the 1960s and 1970s, including Stockholm Dues (1965), Improvisations (1969), and Notes from Underground (1974).

He played in a sextet led by George Russell in the 1960s in Europe. Later in the decade he moved from hard bop into post-bop experimentation, playing with Don Cherry; in the 1970s, as a member of Sevda led by trumpeter Muvaffak "Maffy" Falay, he began working with elements of Turkish and Middle Eastern music. He also formed his own big band in the 1970s.

In the 1980s, Rosengren worked frequently with American Jazz musicians, including Doug Raney, George Russell, Don Cherry and Horace Parlan. Among his activities in the 1990s include an album of songs from Porgy & Bess.

Chris Mosey, a jazz critic from AllAboutJazz, said in his review of Rosengren's album I'm Flying (2009): "All in all, I'm Flying is a worthy Golden Record." Jack Bowers, also writing for AllAboutJazz, wrote in his review of the same album: "Rosengren, for his part, is a model of elegance and consistency, inspiring his companions without stealing their thunder. Together they comprise a tight-knit and consistently engaging foursome. Besides blowing superbly, Rosengren wrote seven of the album's twelve selections. - Rosengren rides their talents like an Indy car driver, and the result is an exemplary team effort that is as stylish as it is rewarding."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernt_Rosengren)
9/13/2021

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"Tommy Koverhult: Swedish jazz saxophonist, born 11 December 1945, died 9 December 2010.

In Groups: Bernt Rosengren Big Band, Bernt Rosengren Group, Bernt Rosengren Octet, Bernt Rosengren Quartet, Bernt Rosengren Tentet, Herr T Och Hans Spelmän, Staffan Abeleen Quintet, Tommy Koverhult Trio, Tommy Koverhults Kvintett, Wallgrens Orkester."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/355639-Tommy-Koverhult)
9/13/2021

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"Leif Wennerström: Swedish jazz drummer, born in 1937.

Benny Bailey Quintet, Bernt Rosengren Big Band, Bernt Rosengren Group, Bernt Rosengren Octet, Bernt Rosengren Quartet, Bernt Rosengren Quintet, Bernt Rosengren Trio, Per Henrik Wallin Trio.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1046075-Leif-Wennerstr%C3%B6m)
9/13/2021

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Johan Torbjörn Hultcranz. Swedish jazz bassist.
Born: May 2, 1937 in Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 18, 1994
In Groups:
Bernt Rosengren Big Band, Bernt Rosengren Group, Bernt Rosengren Quartet, Bernt Rosengren Quintet, Bernt Rosengren Trio, Claes-Göran Fagerstedts Trio, Dexter Gordon - Benny Bailey Quintet, Dexter Gordon Quintet, Herr T Och Hans Spelmän, Lars Gullin Quartet, Per Henrik Wallin Tentet, Per Henrik Wallin Trio, The Bud Powell Trio, The Werner-Rosengren Swedish Jazz Quartet.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/525240-Torbj%C3%B6rn-Hultcrantz)
9/13/2021

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"Jacques Thollot, drummer, keyboardist and composer, prodigy pupil of bebop drummer Kenny Clarke, appeared very young on the jazz scene with Sidney Bechet.

Performing regularly in the 1960s in Parisian clubs, he became a very popular accompaniment of avant-garde musicians as important as Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry, Barney Wilen, Rene Thomas or Joachim Kühn, and all the adventurous French musicians of this time.

With this legendary solo album nicknamed "The Giraffe" dated 1971, Jacques Thollot, who plays various instruments and innovates in France in the use of multitrack and sound effects in the studio, becomes an icon with all worlds of underground music and free rock from around the world."

-Futura Marge (Translated by Google) (http://www.futuramarge.com/Jacques_Thollot.html)
9/13/2021

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"Kent Carter (born June 14, 1939 in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. Carter studied several instruments before settling on bass. In the late 50s-early 60s, he studied at Berklee College Of Music, played with Lowell Davidson, and in New York with Jazz Composers Orchestra. From the mid-60s he was in Europe with artists including as Barry Altschul, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Carla Bley, Paul Bley, Bobby Bradford, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Michael Mantler, Enrico Rava, Max Roach, Roswell Rudd and Mal Waldron. During the 70s he continued his association with Lacy, was with John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble, TOK, a trio with Takashi Kako and Oliver Johnson, and formed his own trio with Carlos Zingaro and François Dreno.

By the 80s, Carter had relocated to France, teaching at the Beaux Art School, Angouleme, and with his wife forming MAD, a music, arts and dance studio. He worked in Detail, with Frode Gjerstad and Stevens, Project, with Karl Berger, Claude Bernard, Klaus Kugel, Charlie Mariano and Albrecht Maurer, and Voyage, with Beñat Achiary and David Holmes. Carter has also played with Billy Bang, Petras Vysniauskas, Theo Jorgensmann, Andreas Willers and Eckard Koltermann. Carter composes for theatre and film, and performs internationally."

-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/kent-carter-mn0000086603/biography)
9/13/2021

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"Bülent Ateş. Born 1942 in Istanbul, Turkey, Bülent Ates came 1971 to Germany on the invitation of Albert Mangelsdorff, and has since become firmly established on the Frankfurt's music scene. He has worked with Heinz Sauer, Bob Degen, Don Cherry, Bengt Rosengren, Leo Wright, Harry Petersen and Alfred Harth amongst others."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/4173449-B%C3%BClent-Ate%C5%9F)
9/13/2021

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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.

Multikulti

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."

-All Music (Chris Kelsey) (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/don-cherry-mn0000796166/biography)
9/13/2021

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track listing:


CD1



1. Summer House Sessions 46:43

CD2



1. Untitled Summer House Session 1 9:36

2. Untitled Summer House Session 2 17:19

3. Untitled Summer House Session 3 8:56

4. Untitled Summer House Session 4 5:45
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"In 1968, Don Cherry had already established himself as one of the leading voices of the avant-garde. Having pioneered free jazz as a member of Ornette Coleman's classic quartet, and with a high profile collaboration with John Coltrane under his belt, the globetrotting jazz trumpeter settled in Sweden with his partner Moki and her daughter Neneh. There, he assembled a group of Swedish musicians and led a series of weekly workshops at the ABF, or Workers' Educational Association, from February to April of 1968, with lessons on extended forms of improvisation including breathing, drones, Turkish rhythms, overtones, silence, natural voices, and Indian scales. That summer, saxophonist and recording engineer Göran Freese-who later recorded Don's classic Organic Music Society and Eternal Now LPs-invited Don, members of his two working bands, and a Turkish drummer to his summer house in Kummelnäs, just outside of Stockholm, for a series of rehearsals and jam sessions that put the prior months' workshops into practice. Long relegated to the status of a mysterious footnote in Don's sessionography, tapes from this session, as well as one professionally mixed tape intended for release, were recently found in the vaults of the Swedish Jazz Archive, and the lost Summer House Sessions are finally available over fifty years after they were recorded.

On July 20, the musicians gathered at Freese's summer house included Bernt Rosengren (tenor saxophone, flutes, clarinet), Tommy Koverhult (tenor saxophone, flutes), Leif Wennerström (drums), and Torbjörn Hultcrantz (bass) from Don's Swedish group; Jacques Thollot (drums) and Kent Carter (bass) from his newly formed international band New York Total Music Company; Bülent Ates (hand drum, drums), who was visiting from Turkey; and Don (pocket trumpet, flutes, percussion) himself. Lacking a common language, the players used music as their common means of communication. In this way, these frenetic and freewheeling sessions anticipate Don's turn to more explicitly pan-ethnic expression, preceding his epochal Eternal Rhythm dates by four months. The octet, comprising musicians from America, France, Sweden, and Turkey, was a perfect vehicle for Don's budding pursuit of "collage music," a concept inspired in part by the shortwave radio on which Don listened to sounds from around the world. Using the collage metaphor, Don eliminated solos and the introduction of tunes, transforming a wealth of melodies, sounds, and rhythms into poetic suites of different moods and changing forms. The Summer House Sessions ensemble joyously layers manifold cultural idioms, traversing the airy peaks and serene valleys of Cherry's earthly vision.

In the Swedish Jazz Archive quite a few other recordings from the same day were to be found. Some of the highlights are heard as bonus material on the CD edition of this album. The octet is augmented by producer and saxophone player Gunnar Lindqvist, who led the Swedish free jazz orchestra G.L. Unit on the album Orangutang, and drummer Sune Spångberg, who recorded with Albert Ayler in 1962. The bonus CD also includes a track without Cherry featuring Jacques Thollot joined by five Swedes including Lindqvist, Tommy Koverhult, Sune Spångberg, and others."-Blank Forms


Liner notes by Magnus Nygren and album art featuring a cover painting by Moki Cherry: Untitled, ca. 1967-68.
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