Don Cherry Mu First Part / Mu Second Part
- Released: July 2, 2001
- Label: Snapper Uk
- 1.Brilliant Action
- 3.Total Vibration
- 4.Sun of the East
- 5.Terrestrial Beings
- 6.The Mysticism of My Sound
- 7.Medley: Dollar Brand / Spontaneous Composing / Exert, Man on the Moon: Dollar Brand / Spontaneous Composing / Exert, Man On The Moon
- 8.Bamboo Night
- 9.Teo-Teo Can
- 10.Smiling Faces, Going Places
- 11.Psycho Drama
- 12.Medley: Theme: Albert Heath / Theme: Dollar Brand / Babyrest, Time for...: Theme: Albert Heath / Theme: Dollar Brand / Babyrest, Time For...
2 LPs on 1 CD: MU FIRST PART/MU SECOND PART.
Personnel includes: Don Cherry (vocals, trumpet, flute, piano, percussion, bells); Ed Blackwell (drums, percussion, bells).
Producers: Jean Karakos, Jean Luc Young.
Reissue producer: Matt Robin.
Recorded at Studio Saravah, Paris, France on August 22, 1969. Originally released on BYG Records. Includes liner notes by Pierre-Jean Crittin.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
2 LPs on 1 CD: MU FIRST PART (1969) / MU SECOND PART (1969)
An outstanding work in the free jazz and avant-garde jazz idiom, the Mu sessions are among the most beautiful improvised duets recorded during the height of the free jazz movement. Recorded in France in 1969 and originally released on the BYG Actuel imprint, Mu remained an obscure collector's item for three decades until its reissue in two parts during the '90s. With Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, Indian flute, bamboo flute, voice, bells, and percussion and Ed Blackwell on drums, percussion, and bells, the pair created one of the most telepathic improvisations on record, matched only by John Coltrane and Rashied Ali on the album Interstellar Space. From simple playful themes, Cherry develops a complex interplay with his partner that results in irrational mood changes and rhythm shifts, moving from ecstatic bird-call flurries through to fragile blues and nursery rhyme patterns. An African-inspired pulse groove follows the rapid-fire introduction, after which flurries of Cherry's pocket trumpet soar ecstatically into the air. More than three decades later, Mu is one of the few records that one can say sounds free, playful, candid, and revolutionary, an utterly arresting masterpiece that is a milestone in Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell's careers -- not to mention the free jazz movement in its entirety. Essentially, the recording represents such fire, passion, and energy that it can certainly reach listeners far beyond the avant-garde jazz academy. The Get Back reissue version is an exquisite collector's item in 180 gram vinyl. ~ Skip Jansen
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