Don Cherry – Om Shanti Om


(Black Sweat Records, MOKI / The Estate Of Moki Cherry, SST GmbH) – (BS058)

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An amazing document of the life experiment that was the Organic Music Society. This super quality audio, recorded by RAI (the italian public broadcasting company) in 1976 for television, documents a quartet concert focused on vocals compositions and improvisations. Here, Don Cherry and his family-community’s musical belief emerges in its simplicity, with the desire to merge the knowledge and stimuli gained during numerous travels across the World in a single sound experience. Don’s pocket-trumpet is melted with the beats of the great Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, the Italian guitar of Gian Piero Pramaggiore, and the tanpura drone of Moki. A pure hippie aesthetic, like in an intimate ceremony, filters a magical encounter between Eastern and Western civiliziations, offering different suggestions of sound mysticism: natural acoustics in which individual instruments and voices are part of a wider pan-tribal consciousness. A desert Western landscape marries Asian and Latin atmospheres. Indigenous contributions with berimbau explorations find fossil sounds of rattles and clap-hands invocations. Influences of Indian mantra singing are combined with eternal African voices or with folkish-Latin guitar rhythms , while flute and drums evoke distant dances. In the Organic Music everything becomes an act of devotion and love, an ecstatic dwell in the dimension of a sacred free-rejoice.

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Black Sweat Records, MOKI / The Estate Of Moki Cherry, SST GmbH
Catalogue Number: BS058
Record Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)

No Title Duration
A1 Luna Turca 1:44
A2 Om Shanti Om 6:55
A3 Chenrezig 11:49
A4 Nana’s Solo 3:56
B1 A Chi Chi Ou 1:39
B2 Koye 6:32
B3 Flute Song 5:16
B4 Dissolution 9:29


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