292

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

Celeste Sunderland By

Sign in to view read count
Jack DeJohnette with Bill Frisell: The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers Something astonishing happened on Halloween night in Seattle five years ago: Jack DeJohnette took the stage with Bill Frisell. An event so unthinkably natural had only occurred once before, at a recording session with Don Byron two years earlier. This album, recorded at the Earshot Jazz Festival, exists as testimony that when two mammoth figures join together, time can develop into something quite grand.

Taking up their instruments on the starting title track, the drummer and guitarist at once open up to each other, combining in a pure force that reaches transcendental levels immediately. Seconds into this newborn oasis, miniscule sounds creep from the wiry girth of Frisell's dirty rock guitar chords, and cymbals shatter among the broiling, controlled abandon of DeJohnette's drums. Electronic effects emit a glow around them or shoot jaggedly into the ether.

While some musicians who try to achieve this sort of sound get too caught up in it to break free, DeJohnette and Frisell fluctuate the atmosphere drastically throughout the album. The guitarist at times reaches out toward one of his melodic jaunts, but a massive percussion propolis seizes him back into the rhythmic hive. Sound shards shift constantly into new geometric formations, helped by the post-production artistry of DeJohnette's sound engineer, Ben Surman. A constant pitter-patter meshes with ghostly echoes while Frisell and DeJohnette play effusively on their instruments, upholding the invisible structure.

Quieting down for the last track, Trane's "After the Rain, enchanted by Frisell's sparkling effects, DeJohnette plays piano. His glistening arpeggios lull the audience and the elephant back into the comfortable sleep state where dreams linger like distant memories from lives lived long ago.

Visit Jack DeJohnette on the web.


Track Listing: The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers...; Cat and Mouse; Entranced Androids; The Garden of Chew-Man-Chew; Otherworldly Dervishes; Through the Warphole; Storm Clouds and the Mist; Cartune Riots; Ode to South Africa; One Tooth Shuffle; After the Rain.

Personnel: Personnel: Jack DeJohnette: drums, percussion, vocals, piano; Bill Frisell: guitar, banjo; Ben Surman: additional percussion.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Golden Beams | Style: Beyond Jazz


Shop

Multiple Reviews
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Miles Davis Miles Davis
trumpet
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Chick Corea Chick Corea
piano
Bill Frisell Bill Frisell
guitar
Charlie Haden Charlie Haden
bass, acoustic
Elvin Jones Elvin Jones
drums
Kenny Wheeler Kenny Wheeler
trumpet
Paul Motian Paul Motian
drums

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Espiritu Zombi" CD/LP/Track Review Espiritu Zombi
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2016
Read "In The Corner Of The Eye" CD/LP/Track Review In The Corner Of The Eye
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 10, 2016
Read "Brel" CD/LP/Track Review Brel
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 30, 2016
Read "The Day After" CD/LP/Track Review The Day After
by David A. Orthmann
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Harmonicus Rex" CD/LP/Track Review Harmonicus Rex
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 21, 2016
Read "Cinema Spiral" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema Spiral
by John Sharpe
Published: August 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!