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Jack DeJohnette: Painting With Sticks

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[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]The name Jack DeJohnette is synonymous with modern jazz drumming. Many know him for his years spent with the Keith Jarrett Trio, but he first came to prominence with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis in the '60s. He's always in demand as a sideman-- although you wouldn't call Jack DeJohnette to merely be a sideman--his musical contribution to any project is such that he is always a collaborator. He has many albums as a leader; his most recent release is Live at Yoshi's (Golden Beams, 2010) ...

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Chicago Jazz Festival 2013

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Chicago Jazz FestivalChicago, ILAugust 29-September 1, 2013Chicago is...You get the feeling it is a jazz city when, waiting in line at the airport, you overhear a conversation about Anthony Braxton's first meeting with Derek Bailey. Then, your suspicions are confirmed in the taxi, on the drive to the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival when the cabbie engages you in a discussion of the major works of Eddie Harris and Gene Ammons. From Louis Armstrong's travels up the Mississippi to take up residence here, to soul jazz and the AACM, this city breathes jazz.The festival, ...

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Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette: Somewhere

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It's been four years since a recorded peep has been heard from pianist Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio, despite continuing to perform a few select dates each year. But even its last few ECM releases--2009's Yesterdays, 2007's My Foolish Heart and 2004's The Out-of-Towners--were all culled from a clearly fruitful 2001, making it well over a decade since a new recorded note has been heard from Jarrett's longest-lasting group. Fine albums all, the dearth of anything since that time has nevertheless begged the question, even amongst some of his most ardent fans, as to whether this undeniably fine trio had anything ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition

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With drummer/keyboardist Jack DeJohnette entering his eighth decade on planet earth, he's managed to accomplish what few other drummers have. Recipient of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award, there are few jazz drummer s alive today who can cite as many recordings as the Chicago-born DeJohnette can, nor are there many who have been on such a diverse stylistic cross-section. DeJohnette, now a legend himself, was picked up by a large number of then-high profile musicians in the early days of his career, artists like trumpeters Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard, keyboardists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Joe ...

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Jack DeJohnette 70th Birthday Party: San Francisco, CA, September 5, 2012

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Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, and Stanley ClarkeYoshi's Jazz ClubSan Francisco, CASeptember 5, 2012It was a sold out house of 365 people on the opening night for drummer Jack DeJohnette's 70th birthday celebration concert at Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco, California. DeJohnette brought two friends--pianist Chick Corea and bassist Stanley Clarke--to add to the festivities. Shortly before they made their appearance, Clarke's bass was brought out onstage. People hushed and nearby someone said, “It's starting." A few minutes later, stepping through the curtains that formed the backdrop, DeJohnette, Clarke, and Corea mounted the stage. The ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels

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Drummer/pianist/composer/bandleader Jack DeJohnette turns seventy this year, and his longevity on the scene is only eclipsed by the astonishing variety of settings in which he's worked. Since emerging from his hometown Chicago, the ubiquitous drummer has played with important artists including saxophonist Charles Lloyd, trumpeter Miles Davis and pianists Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett (with whom he still works today). And then there are his wonderfully eclectic Special Edition groups--always on the cutting edge. Although anyone could hear his crisp technique, what makes DeJohnette such a powerful and profound drummer is his telepathic ability to find the right groove--the vital ...

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Jack DeJohnette and Foday Musa Suso: Music from the Hearts of the Masters

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For drummer Jack DeJohnette's second project on his fledgling Golden Beams Productions record label, he moves from the Asian subcontinent south to Africa for a series of duets with master Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso. While Music from the Hearts of the Masters is, in its own way, as hypnotic as DeJohnette's first release on his label, the meditative Music in the Key of OM, it's also more actively engaging and extroverted. At first glance the conventional drum kit and the 21-string lute/harp-like kora would appear to make strange bedfellows, especially given that, for the most ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels

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With 2012 barely underway, it looks like it's going to be a year to remember for drum legend Jack DeJohnette. The renowned rhythmic force behind classic recordings from Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett--and numerous notable projects of his own--will receive some well-deserved recognition when he's inducted into the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Master Fellowship in January. Crossing the globe to bring his music to admirers around the world, 2012 also marks his 70th birthday. Putting him at an age when many people rest on their laurels and look back at their accomplishments with pride, DeJohnette keeps looking ...

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Jack DeJohnette featuring Bill Frisell: The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers

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Drummer Jack DeJohnette, now four releases down the road with his Golden Beams label, turns to the archives for this historic live set with Bill Frisell. The guitarist first heard DeJohnette's music as a teenager in the '60s, though it took some time before they would first perform together on Don Byron's Romance with the Unseen (Blue Note, 1999). They embrace a shared musical vision with one ear to the ground, digging the groove, and the other wide open to the possibilities of spontaneous invention in the moment. This hour-long set documents the duo's performance at the ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Music We Are

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Since the inception of his Golden Beams Productions imprint, Jack DeJohnette has been busy releasing music ranging from the meditational Music in the Key of Ohm (Golden Beams, 2005) and world music-inflected Music from the Hearts of the Masters (Golden Beams, 2005) to the more decidedly improvisational The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers (Golden Beams, 2006). A freedom of spirit infuses all his releases, but it's been over a decade since the veteran drummer has released an album as a leader that fits squarely into the jazz category.

Still, even more decidedly jazz-centric albums like the open-ended Oneness (ECM, 1997) ...

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The Jack DeJohnette Group: Live at Yoshi's 2010

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In the text file accompanying his digital download-only Live at Yoshi's 2010, Jack DeJohnette is quoted, ..."Each piece is different every time we play it." Fans of this veteran drummer--for whom a precise count of all the artists he's worked with (let alone all the recordings he's appeared on) would be an exercise in futility--would have to agree. DeJohnette's quintet-- which made a stop at the well-known Oakland club during a summer tour in 2010--opens with a 21-minute version of “One for Eric," completely reimagining a song that, since first appearing on the drummer's Special Edition (ECM, 1980), has become ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels

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Turning 70 and being awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship would be enough to make 2012 a special year for Jack DeJohnette, but Sound Travels transcends mere celebration of the veteran drummer/pianist/bandleader's broad swath of accomplishments since emerging, in the mid-1960s, with saxophonist Charles Lloyd's massively successful quartet. His first album to equitably balance piano and drums--including the meditative “Enter Here" and South African/gospel-tinged “Home," solo piano pieces which bookend the set, DeJohnette actually plays piano on more tracks (eight) then drums (six)--would also be enough to render Sound Travels noteworthy in his ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Time and Space

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It begins with the sound of a resonating bell, followed by a gently cascading piano solo that gradually assumes shape and form, hovering around two chords and creating an inviting ambiance that resolves with another ringing of the bell, segueing gently into the groove-heavy “Salsa for Luisito." The track is “Enter Here," and the album is Sound Travels (Golden Beams/eOne, 2012), Jack DeJohnette's first hard CD as a leader since 2009's Music We Are, also on the drummer's Golden Beams imprint, though he did release Live at Yoshi's 2010 in 2011 as a download-only album, featuring his Jack DeJohnette Group. ...

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Jack DeJohnette: Music We Are & America

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Jack DeJohnette/John Patitucci/Danilo Perez Music We Are Kindred Rhythm 2009 Jack DeJohnette/Wadada Leo Smith America Tzadik 2009

It's been a while since Jack DeJohnette made a CD as a leader that fit so perfectly into the jazz genre as Music We Are, a straightforward recording of his trio with pianist Danilo Perez and bassist John Patitucci. The three have known each other for years and the accompanying 20-minute behind-the-scenes ...



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