Sunday, November 29, 2009

Don Cherry: Swedish TV Documentary, 1978 (Part 1)



... the trumpeter Don Cherry would announce his arrival by playing so clear it broke through the traffic noise. The acoustics of Cooper Square augmented every
music: if it was warm weather when Archie Shepp's groups played, they'd open his studio windows and let the sound ricochet off the factories and repeat a millisecond later on the tenement wall on Fifth Street. The Five Spot was only a stone's throw away. Roi was always hanging out the window. The casual proximity to his life of his chosen frame of reference, the source of so many images, made him deeply happy.-- Amiri Baraka, "The Autobiography of Leroi Jones," (Freundlich, New York, 1984).