The mid-1980s were a pivotal period for Don Cherry. Much of his energies had been devoted to co-op projects like Codona and Old and New Dreams and he also helped jumpstart the Leaders. The time being ripe to form his own ensemble, Cherry created Nu, a quintet with saxophonist/flutist Carlos Ward, bassist Mark Helias, percussionist Nana Vasconcelos and drummer Ed Blackwell. Live at the Bracknell Jazz Festival, 1986 confirms Nu to be an ensemble that vigorously and cogently articulated the various aspects of the multi-instrumentalist’s multicultural aesthetic. This exceptional concert recording fills a significant gap in Cherry’s discography.
(from liner notes by Bill Shoemaker, taken from JAZZ TIMES)
Limited edition of 500 copies.
1. Lito (Carlos Ward)
1. Chopin Chopeen (Ornette Coleman) 2. Foolish Heart (Carlos Ward)
1. Traffic (Ornette Coleman) 2. Untitled (Carlos Ward)
1. O Berimbau (Nana Vasconcelos) 2. Limbo (Mark Helias) 3. Mopti (Don Cherry)