Don Cherry and the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra – Tantra (1973)

59415787“If we’re going to speak about words, we could talk about a word like ‘aum.’ Because you don’t say the word ‘aum,’ you sing it. And you have to sing it where you use the ‘a’ as ‘ah,’ which is the throat. Then you’re singing, sustaining the tone ‘ah.’ Then you go to the ‘u,’ and then you reach the ‘m’ and you’ve liberated the body. That’s a word. In the Bible they speak of the Word. First there was the Word. And then they speak of the word that was lost.”   – Don Cherry in an interview with Art Taylor, in response to Taylor’s question of what Cherry thought of the word ‘jazz.’ [source]

Tantra is the first track on the album Relativity Suite by Don Cherry and the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, recorded on February 14, in 1973, New York City.

Tracks:  Tantra, Mali Doussn’gouni, Desireless, The Queen of Tung-T’ing Lake, Trans-Love Airways, Infinite Gentleness, March Of The Hobbits

Don Cherry – trumpet, conch, voice, percussion / Charles Brackeen – soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, voice / Carlos Ward – alto saxophone, voice / Frank Lowe – tenor sax, voice / Dewey Redman – tenor sax, voice / Sharon Freeman – French horn / Brian Trentham – trombone / Jack Jeffers – tuba / Leroy Jenkins – violin / Joan Kalisch – viola / Nan Newton – viola / Pat Dixon – cello / Jane Robertson – cello / Charlie Haden – bass / Carla Bley – piano / Ed Blackwell – drums / Paul Motian – drums, percussion / Moki Cherry – tambura (Trans-Love Airwars) / Selene Fung – ching



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