Don Cherry made his mark as Ornette Coleman‘s trumpet “twin,” continuing in the avant sphere the sax-trumpet front-line tradition established by beboppers Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. But his most potent contribution was incorporating African and other world musics into the improvisational landscape, a process — begun elsewhere by Randy Weston and Yusef Lateef — that flourished in L.A. thanks to the inspiration Cherry sparked in Horace Tapscott, Adam Rudolph and other musicians, including his son, David Ornette Cherry.

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