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A Fireside Chat with Jack DeJohnette

By Published: October 14, 2003
JD: He is a lot better now. He is a lot better. He is playing great and Gary too. It has been really fantastic. Recently, I have been involved with, John Surman and I, it is interesting because in twenty-one years, we have only done three CDs. Occasionally, we would do some touring in Europe. I said to John that we needed to record live because what we do live is very interesting. So we did a tour a few years ago and recorded live and got something really great towards the end of the tour and came out with Invisible Nature. We are both similar. Of course, John and I go back a long time, so there is a relationship there, a personal one and a musical one. Our references are kind of similar. John uses electronics, uses sequences and things like that, keyboards, and so was I. He was doing solo performances and we got together and found that we sort of had something in common. We had a language and we spoke the same language. Also, we were involved in spontaneous improvisation, spontaneous compositions, as well as written ones. A lot of what I am involved in, the discipline of being able to improvise and create and spontaneously create a sonic work of musical art in the moment. That is something I like to stay connected with. I try to surround myself with musicians who are more than competent in that area. The Free and Equal with the London Brass, which was great to do.

FJ: Are you going to continue your association in Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet?

JD: Yeah, when something comes up and is interesting, we do a couple of hits, but only when it is special selected things. I am doing the rest of this year with Keith and I am also hosting the Montreal Jazz Festival this year. They have two artists over a two week period.

FJ: What are you featuring during your week?

JD: I am actually going to be doing something with Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland, and then a musician who is from Africa, but lives here in Chicago, Foday Musa Suso. He and I have been doing some duet stuff together, which leads me to the next thing I am doing. I have a website up now and I am starting a production company and producing my own products and my own music. That is one of the projects. Another one is a duet with Don Alias and I. I am also involved in healing music, relaxation music. I am doing some music for that area as well.

FJ: The times always seem to be behind you.

JD: It is just staying in the moment and staying attached to the musicians and what is going on with the world.

Photo Credit

C. Andrew Hovan

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