Reviews that mention Jack deJohnette

October 6, 2016

Jack DeJohnette

In Movement
ECM 2488

Roscoe Mitchell Trio

Angel City

RogueArt ROG-0061

Ensemble SuperMusique

Les accords intuitifs

Ambiances Magnétiques AM 222

Tarasov/Kanevičius/Mockūnas

Intuitus

NoBusiness NBLP 92/93

RED Trio with John Butcher

Summer Skyshift

Clean Feed CF 372 CD

Something in the Air: Interpreting Roscoe Mitchell’s Challenging and Influential Music
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December 30, 2002

WADADA LEO SMTH AND THE GOLDEN QUARTET

The Year of the Elephant
Pi Recordings P104

Without trying to be flippant, it seems that a lot of Miles Davis' conception has rubbed off on trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith since did his YO, MILES! tribute disc with guitarist Henry Kaiser a couple of years back.

While this new CD with his all-star Golden Quartet only pays homage to Davis on two tracks, much of Smith's Harmon-muted work here resembles the sort of brass constructions Miles used in the period from IN A SILENT WAY through BITCHES BREW and beyond. Smith doesn't come up with an outright imitation, or produce a CD that's less than attractive. It's just with the talent involved, you feel so much could have been accomplished. As a matter of fact when you're not reminded of Miles here, the tunes often take on that air of precocious profundity that characterize the style of Keith Jarrett, a former Davis sideman and present employer of drummer Jack DeJohnette. MORE