One of our favorite ECM Records bands, Codona features free jazz trumpeter Don Cherry alongside sitar player Collin Walcott and Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos. The band’s name is a bit cute – composed of the first two letters of each of the group members’ names. All three of the “world jazz” albums the trio released are great, but Codona 3 might be our favorite out of the three simply because of its trippy, melting brick wall cover design by Moki Cherry, Don Cherry’s wife and artistic partner. Highlights include the hypnotic percussion of A2 “Hey Da Boom” which will quickly lull any listener into a deep trance and the almost pastoral raga B1 “Lullaby.” Sadly, the Codona project ended in 1984 when Walcott passed.
– Phil Cho
Recommended – A2 Hey Da Ba Boom, B1 Lullaby
Tags: ECM / Moki Cherry / Organic / Spiritual / World