Song of the Day: Don Cherry, “Brown Rice”

Trumpeter/composer Don Cherry’s self-titled album from 1977 had actually been released two years prior as Brown Rice via a small Italian label. Its title track is a sensual fusion of various styles and sounds from the African, Indian and Arabic traditions. It also represents the spiritual multiculturalism that Cherry was interested in exploring during this creative period. No trumpet is heard on this track. Instead, we find Cherry whispering mystical jibberish throughout, using his voice as another instrument within the psychedelic groove. Described as futurist and primitive at the same time, “Brown Rice” was heavily criticized and misunderstood by many critics at the time of its release. Yet, today it stands as an acid jazz classic and one of Cherry’s most popular songs.

Like this article?  Get more when you subscribe.

Join Our Email Newsletter

Join thousands of other jazz enthusiasts and get new music, artists, albums, events and more delivered to your inbox.

The Authoritative Voice in Jazz

FOLLOW US ON

MEETING MILES

Miles Davis Special Issue

By submitting, you give JAZZIZ Magazine permission to keep you updated via email or customized online advertising. You can opt out at any time. Check our privacy policy for more details.

Enter your email below for a free MEETING MILES: FACE TO FACE WITH THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS Special Issue!