Old and New Dreams

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Old and New Dreams
Years active1976 (1976)–1987 (1987)
LabelsBlack Saint, ECM
Associated actsOrnette Coleman
Past membersEd Blackwell
Don Cherry
Charlie Haden
Dewey Redman

Old and New Dreams was a jazz group that was active from 1976 to 1987. The group was composed of tenor saxophone player Dewey Redman (doubling on musette), bassist Charlie Haden, cornet player Don Cherry and drummer Ed Blackwell.[1] All of the members were former sidemen of free jazz progenitor and alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, and the group played a mix of Coleman's compositions and originals by the band members.

They released two records on the German jazz label ECM: a self-titled release in 1979 and Playing, recorded live, a year later. These discs were bookended by a pair of discs on the Italian Black Saint label: a studio record from 1976 (also self-titled) and 1987's A Tribute to Blackwell, capturing the quartet's final concert at a birthday celebration for Blackwell.

Haden died in 2014, Redman in 2006, Cherry in 1995 and Blackwell in 1992.



  1. ^ "Old and New Dreams". allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 2012-06-25.