Old and New Dreams: Dewey's Tune


Dewey's Tune


Old and New Dreams


Old and New Dreams (Black Saint CD 120013)

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Dewey Redman (tenor sax), Don Cherry (trumpet), Charlie Haden (bass), Ed Blackwell (drums).

Composed by Dewey Redman


Recorded: October, 1976.


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Comprised of Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell, this group of Ornette Coleman alumni convened in the mid-70’s for tours and several recordings. I was lucky to hear them live a number of times in the early 80’s, and each time was a revelation. “Dewey’s Tune” is from their first (and lesser known) eponymous album on the Black Saint label (1976)—recorded without the gloss of the later ECM studio recording (1979). This one tune showcases everything that the group had to offer: parade rhythms from Blackwell, hand-in-glove melodies from Cherry and Redman, springy, inventive bass lines from Haden, the group’s patented call and response, and concise, always swinging solos from everyone. The beginning of Cherry’s solo is a high point, but the whole tune is beautiful and perfectly exemplifies the ethos of Old and New Dreams.

Reviewer: Frank Kimbrough (for Desert Island Dozens)


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