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Varner, Tom / Second Communion
Album:Second Communion Collection:Jazz
Artist:Varner, Tom Added:May 2002

 Recent Airplay
1.Jul 12, 2002:Memory Select
Don's Hymn, Complete Communion [entire suite]
3.May 24, 2002:Memory Select
Complete Communion
2.Jun 21, 2002:Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2002-05-15 
A tribute to Don Cherry, featuring a cover of his "Complete Communion" suite (tracks 2-6). This is fairly straightforward stuff with some interesting composing and the occasional spastic, outside passage, maybe a shade more conservative than what Cherry and Ornette Coleman preached. Varner leads the band on french horn (!). Tony Malaby does a good job on sax, playing more "out" than I've heard from him before (see #8, and #5 sort of)

1- Midtempo
2- Big grand sound, w/the slightly out-of-unison playing that Cherry & Ornette were big on. Gets speeder after the first minute or so.
3- Mid/fast, w/blazing guitar!
4- Mid/fast, Great bop/swing theme
5- Mostly slow; great, richly toned sax solo
6- Midtempo, lots of freedom, ends with fast reprise of #2
7- Mid/fast with some nice group passages
8- Varner's own suite, nice majestic mid/slow sound. Vicious guitar-steeped ending.
9- Slow, murky
10- Fast, march-like
11- Slow

Track Listing
1.Watts '56 6.Paris Ambulance Song/ ...
2.Complete Communion 7.Cherryco
3.And Now 8.Don's Big View
4.Golden Heart 9.Leaving Malaga
5.Remembrance (My Folks) 10.Elephantasy
 11.Don's Hymn