Out of print for more than four decades, Don Cherry‘s meditative, inventive outsider jazz classic, Brown Rice, is available on vinyl once again via Verve/Universal Music. The album is pressed on standard weight black vinyl and housed in a replica sleeve with original liner notes from acclaimed jazz critic Stanley.
Brown Rice contains the apogee of Cherry’s influences: African, Indian, Arabic and American music are all thrown into the same psychedelic stew. This inventive combinative MO was a resting state for Cherry. Taught at the feet of avant-garde saxophonist Ornette Coleman, the trumpeter accelerated quickly into the unknown. He recorded with Coleman, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders. Brown Rice is a subtle, accessible listen — without losing an ounce of Cherry’s experimentation.