Relativity Suite

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Relativity Suite
Studio album by Don Cherry and the Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Released 1973
Recorded February 14, 1973
Genre Jazz
Length 33:22
Label Jazz Composer's Orchestra Records
Producer Don Cherry, Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Jazz Composer's Orchestra chronology
Escalator Over the Hill
Relativity Suite
Numatik Swing Band
Don Cherry chronology
Organic Music Society
Relativity Suite
Eternal Now
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Relativity Suite is a free-jazz LP by Don Cherry on Jazz Composer's Orchestra Records JCOA LP 1006, which was released in 1973.


Jazz critic Scott Yanow wrote: “Highlights include Selene Fung's lovely work on the ching, a Chinese koto-like instrument, and Ed Blackwell's exuberant New Orleans marching patterns on the concluding number. While not as breathtaking or cohesive as his Eternal Rhythm, Relativity Suite almost matches that release in its first half and contains many a worthwhile joy.”[2]


Having appeared on the first two JCOA records by Michael Mantler and Carla Bley, Cherry was commissioned to write the third one in 1970. He used many of the same musicians who contributed to the first two records and molded into a suite a string of the pieces he'd been composing and performing in the previous few years. Studying with Pandit Pran Nath, Cherry was increasingly using Indian karnatic singing in his recordings and concerts and he starts the album with a similarly derived chant."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tantra" – 8:00
  2. "Mali Doussn’gouni" – 5:40
  3. "Desireless" – 1:22
  4. "The Queen of Tung-T'ing Lake" – 4:30
  5. "Trans-Love Airways" – 6:50
  6. "Infinite Gentleness" – 3:22
  7. "March Of The Hobbits" – 3:38



  • Producer: Don Cherry and the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra
  • Publisher: Eternal River Music (BMI)
  • Engineer: Eddie Korvin
  • Cover: Quilt designed and handmade by Moki Cherry photographed by Gregory Reeve
  • Back cover photography: Don and Eagle Eye Cherry by Jonathan Sa’ada

External links[edit]

  • Article by jazz journalist Howard Mandel [1]
  • Jazz Composer’s Orchestra at All Music [2]


  1. ^ Olewnick, Brian (2011). "Relativity Suite - Don Cherry | AllMusic". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ All Music Guide to Jazz –ISBN 0-87930-530-4
  3. ^ Scott Yanow – All Music