Relativity Suite

Relativity Suite
Studio album by Don Cherry and the Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Released 1973 (1973)
Recorded February 14, 1973
Studio Blue Rock Studios, New York
Genre Jazz
Length 33:22
Label JCOA
Producer Don Cherry, Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Jazz Composer's Orchestra chronology
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Organic Music Society
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Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]

Relativity Suite is a free-jazz LP by Don Cherry on Jazz Composer's Orchestra Records which was released in 1973.


Jazz critic Scott Yanow wrote: “Highlights include Selene Fung's lovely work on the ching, a Chinese koto-like instrument, and Ed Blackwell's exuberant New Orleans marching patterns on the concluding number. While not as breathtaking or cohesive as his Eternal Rhythm, Relativity Suite almost matches that release in its first half and contains many a worthwhile joy.”[3]


Having appeared on the first two JCOA records by Michael Mantler and Carla Bley, Cherry was commissioned to write the third one in 1970. He used many of the same musicians who contributed to the first two records and molded into a suite a string of the pieces he'd been composing and performing in the previous few years. Studying with Pandit Pran Nath, Cherry was increasingly using Indian karnatic singing in his recordings and concerts and he starts the album with a similarly derived chant."[4]

Track listing

  1. "Tantra" – 8:00
  2. "Mali Doussn'gouni" – 5:40
  3. "Desireless" – 1:22
  4. "The Queen of Tung-T'ing Lake" – 4:30
  5. "Trans-Love Airways" – 6:50
  6. "Infinite Gentleness" – 3:22
  7. "March of the Hobbits" – 3:38




  1. Olewnick, Brian (2011). "Relativity Suite - Don Cherry | AllMusic". Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  2. Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 40. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. All Music Guide to Jazz –ISBN 0-87930-530-4
  4. Scott Yanow – All Music
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