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Led by jazz visionary Don Cherry, the Organic Music Society’s spellbinding 1976 set inally sees the light of day via Italy’s Black Sweat Records some 45 years later - a total headmelt.
A masterwork of communal music, ‘Om Shanti Om’ features Cherry and his pocket trumpet flanked by his wife Moki Cherry (Tambura), great Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, and Gian Piero Pramaggiore on guitar for an enchanted elision of Eastern and Western mystic traditions. Arriving just ahead of another previously unreleased archival salvo, ‘The Summer House Sessions’, this set speaks to the dilated omniverse of Cherry and his pick of players, who operate by a richly taught mixture of instinct and skill, each bringing a life’s experience to a joyful melting pot of ideas and communal consciousness.
As it was recorded by the estimable RAI (Italy’s National Broadcaster), the sound quality is top class, admitting the listener to the intimacy and palpable, rooted but cosmic energy of the assembled players without impediment. Across the eight parts the quartet conjure a sense of natural wonder, gelling acoustic instruments and vocals with a harmonious worldiness that blends Indian mantra, eternal African rhythmelody and psychoactive South American styles into a sort of Holy Mountain-esque sweatlodge desert ceremony. The results evoke a gently febrile state of mind, swaying and swooning with a grooving directness that often leads off into ecstatic, cross-cultural dimensions guided by an abiding devotion and love of musical freedom.