Complete Communion

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Complete Communion
Complete Communion.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedDecember 24, 1965
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
LabelBlue Note
BST 84226
ProducerAlfred Lion
Don Cherry chronology
Complete Communion
Symphony for Improvisers
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
MusicHound Jazz5/5[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[5]

Complete Communion is a 1966 album by American jazz composer Don Cherry, his debut as a bandleader and his first release on Blue Note Records.

Each side of the original LP were suites, side-long compositions[1] working with several themes. Critics have proposed this recording as an important innovation in the free jazz of the time, introducing "an alternative both to athematic improvising and to monothematic pieces".[6]

In 2001, horn player Tom Varner released the album Second Communion, consisting of new arrangements of Cherry's compositions.[7][8]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Don Cherry

  1. "Complete Communion: Complete Communion/And Now/Golden Heart/Remembrance" – 20:38
  2. "Elephantasy: Elephantasy/Our Feelings/Bishmallah/Wind, Sand And Stars" – 19:36



  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. Complete Communion at AllMusic. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2000). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 321. ISBN 0195313739.
  3. ^ Holtje, Steve; Lee, Nancy Ann, eds. (1998). "Don Cherry". MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide. Music Sales Group. ISBN 0825672538.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. "Bill Frisell". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th. ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 464. ISBN 0-14-102327-9.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 40. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ Jost, Ekkehard (1974). Studies in Jazz Research 4: Free Jazz. Universal Edition. p. 141.
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