Symphony for Improvisers

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Symphony for Improvisers
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Studio album by Don Cherry
Released 1966
Recorded September 19, 1966
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Free jazz
Length 39:00
Label Blue Note
BST 84247
Producer Alfred Lion
Don Cherry chronology
Complete Communion
(1965)Complete Communion1965
Symphony for Improvisors
Where is Brooklyn?
(1967)Where is Brooklyn?1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Symphony for Improvisers is an album by Don Cherry featuring Gato Barbieri, Henry Grimes, Ed Blackwell, Karl Berger, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, and Pharoah Sanders recorded in 1966 and released on the Blue Note label.


The Allmusic review by Steve Huey states "Even though the album is full of passionate fireworks, there's also a great deal of subtlety — the flavors added to the ensemble by Berger's vibes and Sanders' piccolo, for example, or the way other instrumental voices often support and complement a solo statement. Feverish but well-channeled, this larger-group session is probably Cherry's most gratifying for Blue Note".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Don Cherry
  1. "Symphony for Improvisers: Symphony for Improvisers/Nu Creative Love/What's Not Serious?/Infant Happiness" - 19:43
  2. "Manhattan Cry: Manhattan Cry/Lunatic/Sparkle Plenty/Om Nu" - 19:17



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed 7 September 2009