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The great bassist Charlie Haden has his own perspective. “I was rehearsing with Ornette and Billy Higgins and Don Cherry at Don’s house when David was born,” he says. “I’ve known him all his life. He can play anything, and whatever he plays turns to musical gold. He’s a beautiful, gentle, humble person who’s devoted his life to bringing music to people. He takes after his father — if Don saw you were unhappy, he would find a way to make you smile.”
At this fortuitous moment, David has stacked up a solid schedule of high-profile concerts under the handle “Ensemble for Improvisors,” a name that echoes albums by Don Cherry (Symphony for Improvisers) and Ornette Coleman (The Art of the Improvisers). Inspired by themes of silence and nature vs. technology, a wild group featuring multireed player Charles Owens, saxist Justo Almario, bassists Roberto Miranda and Ollie Elder Jr., drummer Don Littleton, violist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and cellist Peter Jacobson takes off on David’s piquant riffs in different instrumental combinations for a sound that’s ear-expanding and fun. And you’ll know by looking at him that David’s getting as many kicks as anybody.
“I feel young,” says the 48-year-old. “Music makes you like that, because it’s infinite. My dad always said there are no endings — it’s always beginning.”
?David Ornette Cherry’s “Ensemble for Improvisors” plays at 3 p.m. on Sun., June 11, at the Central Library, dwntwn., (213) 228-7025. Also, Cherry’s Harmolodica plays Bones & Blues at the Center Phoenix Hall, 10950 S. Central Ave., Fri., June 30.