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Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition (CD: ECM Touchstones)Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The first version of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, which helped to alert the wider world to the talents of saxophonists David Murray and Arthur Blythe, won the Down Beat Readers’ Poll Album of the Year award. Lively programme includes two John Coltrane covers and Jack’s Dolphy tribute, “One for Eric”.

This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition (CD: ECM, 4 CDs)
Special Edition – a band with revolving membership and an incredible cast of soloists including David Murray, Arthur Blythe and Chico Freeman – was one of the most sophisticated vehicles for Jack DeJohnette’s all-around talents. This set brings together the albums Special Edition (ECM 1152), Tin Can Alley (ECM 1189), Inflation Blues (ECM 1244) and Album Album (ECM 1280), underscoring the excitement of invention and possibility one can hear in this era of DeJohnette’s career. The recordings reveal him as an artist in touch with tradition even as he sought the cutting edge of the day, paying homage to his jazz heroes yet experimenting with new sounds. There are echoes of old New Orleans grooves and Swing-era big bands in this collection, as well as material crafted with the techniques of ’80s pop singles; there are ambitious suite-like compositions, and there is spontaneously lowdown rhythm & blues.

Recorded 1979-1984 and remastered from original tapes for ECM’s Old & New Masters series. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £32.99 

Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition (CD: ECM, 4 CDs)


Jack DeJohnette: Made In Chicago (CD: ECM)Jack DeJohnette: Made In Chicago (CD: ECM)
With Made In Chicago, an exhilarating live album, Jack DeJohnette celebrates a reunion with old friends. In 1962, DeJohnette, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill were all classmates at Wilson Junior College on Chicago’s Southside, pooling energies and enthusiasms in jam sessions. Shortly thereafter Jack joined Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band, and Roscoe and Henry soon followed him. When Abrams cofounded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1965, DeJohnette, Mitchell and Threadgill were all deeply involved, presenting concerts and contributing to each other’s work under the AACM umbrella. Jack brought them together again for a very special concert at Chicago’s Millennium Park in August 2013, completing the group with the addition of bassist/cellist Larry Gray. The concert recording – featuring compositions by Roscoe, Henry, Muhal and Jack, plus group improvising - was mixed by Manfred Eicher and Jack DeJohnette at New York’s Avatar Studio. Made In Chicago is issued as the AACM begins its 50th anniversary year. (ECM Records) 


Price:  £14.99 


Trio Beyond: Saudades (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)
The exceptional new trio of drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield and organist Larry Goldings make their album debut with a tribute to Tony Williams recorded at the 2004 London Jazz Festival. 


Price:  £22.99 

Trio Beyond: Saudades (CD: ECM, 2 CDs)


Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane & Matthew Garrison: In Movement (CD: ECM)Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane & Matthew Garrison: In Movement (CD: ECM)
There is a lot of history concentrated in Jack DeJohnette's adventurous new trio. Fifty years ago, as a guest with John Coltrane's group, Jack DeJohnette played with the fathers of Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison, and the programme of In Movement opens with Coltrane's harrowing and still pertinent elegy "Alabama".

Other covers include the classic "Blue In Green" by Miles Davis and Bill Evans (Jack is one of the few musicians to have played in the bands of both men) and "Serpentine Fire", from the songbook of Earth, Wind and Fire, a tribute to Maurice White - who also collaborated with Jack in the early years. "The Two Jimmys" is an hommage to Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Garrison, innovators both, and "Rashied" salutes the late Rashied Ali, another great drummer from Coltrane's cosmos.

For all the wealth of references, this is indeed a band in movement, taking the music forward. Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison, in their ECM debuts, both respond magnificently to DeJohnette's driving drumming, Ravi with superb solos, Garrison with lean bass lines and imaginative looping electronics. Jack DeJohnette: "We are connected at a very high and extremely personal level that I believe comes through in the music."

In Movement was recorded at New York's Avatar Studios in October 2015, and produced by Manfred Eicher. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £14.99 


DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield: Hudson (CD: Motema)
‘Hudson’ is the first album from a jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood) and John Scofield (guitar).

In addition to original compositions, ‘Hudson’ features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Robertson and Joni Mitchell. The music will have broad appeal beyond mainstream jazz confines. The project came together organically as a way to celebrate music legend Jack DeJohnette’s 75th birthday. (PIAS) 


Price:  £13.99 

DeJohnette / Grenadier / Medeski / Scofield: Hudson (CD: Motema)

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