Full performer name: Don Cherry/Lennart Aberg/Bobo Stenson.
Personnel: Don Cherry (trumpet); Lennart Aberg (soprano & tenor saxophones, alto flute); Bobo Stenson (piano); Anders Jormin (bass); Anders Kjellberg (drums); Okay Temiz (percussion).
Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway in March 1993.
Personnel: Don Cherry (flute, trumpet, cornet); Lennart Åberg (alto flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Anders Kjellberg (drums); Okay Temiz (percussion); Bobo Stenson (piano).
Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway (03/1993).
Unknown Contributor Role: Manfred Eicher.
DONA NOSTRA doesn't exactly hark back to the days of SYMPHONY FOR IMPROVISERS or the MU sessions, but it is a refreshing and splendid departure from Cherry's early '90s explorations into pop/funk and choppy urban hybrids (re: MULTI-KULTI and ART DECO, both of which are superb).
DONA NOSTRA finds Cherry both restrained and contemplative, as he generally allows the semi-orchestral canvas to be painted by his supporting cast rather than by his trumpet's flare. The percussive semantics of Okay Temiz help to bring a slightly Turkish spin to the tentative Euro-haze of the record, and Cherry's piercing horn, when ordered, makes for a most capricious foil. Tracks such as the group-penned "Vienna" realize a plethora of moods that snap like a taut elastic band from nouveau cool to free and back again. Lovely.