Jack DeJohnette | Music We Are – [Golden Beams / Kindred Rhythm, 2009]
Jack DeJohnette, Music We Are
Jack Dejohnette’s new album, Music We Are
on Golden Beams Productions, proves, for me once again, that Jack Dejohnette
is truly both one of our great creative forces, and an explorer supreme. When I got the album I had certain expectations, having heard Jack Dejohnette
play with piano greats such as Bill Evans
, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea,
and of course, Keith Jarret
. I have even heard him leading a trio playing the piano with somebody else on drums. Listening to this album, therefore, was a complete surprise, because it is nothing like any of the music made with any of the fore mentioned collaborations.
This music transcends musical genres and boundaries. It is extraordinary in its scope and expression, and left me with same excitement I have only experienced at a live performance. With pianist Danilo Perez and bassist John Patitucci, the trio exudes an incredible sense of both ensemble and individual musical expression and power. The interchange between the individuals is exciting, and recognizes no musical clichés. They explore the genre they have come from and push hard into the regions of the modern classical without ever seeming contrived or pretentious. These are great musicians who don’t believe in playing it safe. They truly have the courage of their musical and professional convictions, and have created, for me, a thing of great delight.
Jack Dejohnette has always been a master of time and space, and for everybody he has ever accompanied, he seems to create the space for them to fully explore their own musical ideas and clears a path for them and pushes them along it. In this album, he not only does this, but has co-created with them the very music they are taking down that path. The result is astonishing.
It would be very easy to imagine parts of this album being conceived as orchestral pieces, and perhaps, one day, have we might have the prospect of it being presented as such. —R. Herman