Jack DeJohnette Just Put Out The Best Jazz Record Of 2015

Jack DeJohnette is of both Chicago and the AACM. In the early ’60s, he was a South Side pianist studying at Wilson Junior College while augmenting theory with downtown “breakfast jams.” Switching to drums in 1963, he moved to NYC and hooked up with Charles Lloyd, whose 1966 live album Forest Flower sold a million copies. When Lloyd crashed the Fillmore West in ’67, DeJohnette was at the center of an as-yet-unnamed fusion scene, eventually signing on with newly electric Miles Davis to replace Tony Williams (and bringing along fellow Lloyd alumnus Keith Jarrett, thus preserving for posterity Jarrett’s brief shred-tastic mastery of the Fender Rhodes). DeJohnette was the funkiest drummer Miles ever employed: For proof, proceed directly to five stabs at “Go Ahead John” from the 1970 Jack Johnson sessions.¬†Continue reading on TheConcourse.com.