The Avant-Garde…Don Cherry & John Coltrane
Don Cherry played the Cornet or Pocket Trumpet. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1936 and raised in Los Angeles, California. He played with Ornette Coleman’s landmark quartet becoming very well known by 1958. One of my favorite of his is his album as co-leader with John Coltrane “The Avant-Garde” , this one is a classic, two incredible artists recording this in 1960 but wasn’t released till 1967 on the Atlantic label. The lineup features bassist Charlie Haden, Percy Heath on Monk’s “Bemsha Swing” and drummer Ed Blackwell. Lots of improvisations going on here and Coltrane’s “Sheets Of Sound” being matched by Cherry’s high energy, showing us how a Cornet can be played.