This piece of music, composed and performed on 12 string guitar and piano by Ralph Towner, and accompanied by David Darling on cello and Eddie Gomez on bass, has haunted me ever since I first heard it in 1979. I started this blog to share music that I find to be sustaining and soul nurturing, and this piece is Hall Of Fame to me. There are many versions of it out there, but this is the one I find to be definitive.
So far ahead of his time, Cherry was an original member of Ornette Coleman's Quartet in the late 50's. He co-led with John Coltrane on the recording (a must own): "The Avant-Garde". He recorded and toured with Sonny Rollins. He was a leader in the free jazz movement of the early 60's, collaborating with Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp and John Tchicai, and Gato Barbieri. He became a world traveler and explored world music long before it become a trend. In the 70's and 80's he kept a connection to his Coleman roots, playing and recording with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell in the band Old And New Dreams. In addition, he recorded and performed as a duo over the years with his close friend Blackwell. With Codona, Cherry, percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, and sitar and tabla player Collin Walcott, he furthered his world music expression.
He also explored the Rock world with Lou Reed and Talking Heads.
A wonderful profile on Cherry can be read here.
"Bemsha Swing" (w/Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter) here.