Gearbox announce previously-unreleased Don Cherry recordings.

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In June 2020, London analogue specialists Gearbox Records will unearth yet another lost gem having just announced a 12″ of previously-unreleased material from Don Cherry for Record Store Day 2020.

Founded in 2009, Gearbox Records is a vinyl led label specialising in previously unreleased heritage jazz cuts, as well as contemporary artists from the jazz, folk and electronica genres. Their early archive jazz releases include artists such as Tubby Hayes, Yusef Lateef, and Thelonious Monk. Recent output includes legendary South African composer Abdullah Ibrahim, award-winning London jazz duo Binker and Moses, inimitable tubist Theon Cross, Indian percussionist and tabla-player Sarathy Korwar, and American jazz and funk five-piece Butcher Brown. You can find a feature on Gearbox Records in the Spring 2019 Edition of the Jazz In Europe Magazine.

The exclusive new release entitled ‘Cherry Jam’ features new unheard recordings by trumpeter and cornet-player Don Cherry. Taken from a 1965 pre-record for Danish national radio, the 4-track EP features 3 new original compositions of Cherry’s, as well as a classic standard.

Speaking about the release in the liner notes, the label says, “Cherry Jam sets the scene in Copenhagen, a city which proved instrumental in the hosting and development of jazz musicians both local and American. Cherry had performed and recorded there with Archie Shepp in 1963, toured with Albert Ayler in the autumn of 1964, and would go on to have a residency at the hip Cafe Montmartre in 1966.

Our recording is taken from the original tape of a 1965 radio broadcast, programmed by Denmark’s national radio station (Danmarks Radio.) It was in this same year that Cherry would record his landmark Blue Note recording, ‘Complete Communion’, with Leandro ‘Gato’ Barbieri on tenor saxophone, Henry Grimes on double bass, and Edward Blackwell on drums, as well as feature on fellow American expatriate George Russell’s live album ‘George Russell Sextet at Beethoven Hall’.

This particular line-up, however, consisting of Danish musicians, has never been heard after its original broadcast date, and neither have the three original Don Cherry compositions that are featured on the recording.”

Don Cherry, cornet | Mogens Bollerup, tenor saxophone | Atli Bjørn, piano |Benny Nielsen, double bass | Simon Koppel, drums.

A1 The Ambassador from Greenland | A2 You Took Advantage of Me | B1 Priceless | B2 Nigeria

Release Date: June 20, 2020
Format: 12″ Vinyl EP
Label: Gearbox Records

Last modified: April 26, 2020