Allaboutjazz.com has an interesting profile on trumpeter, flutist and composer Don Cherry which focuses on his post Ornette Coleman solo career:
“Don Cherry had an effect on people everywhere he went, because whenever he was in town, everybody would show up... things started happening around him because he was such a fun person to be around,” so the words of Swedish percussionist Bengt Berger, who met Cherry in the early 1960s during the trumpeter's initial stay in Scandinavia.
The other comes from Popmatters.com which excerpts a book about artists using humor as a means of rebellion:
There were times in his career when Louis Armstrong removed the trickster mask, or at least wore one more thinly veiled. Sometimes he showed great courage as a prominent public figure, speaking out on behalf of social justice.
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