‘In Movement’ Album Release

There is a lot of history concentrated in the new trio led by longtime ECM stalwart Jack DeJohnette. Fifty years ago, as a young drummer sitting in with John Coltrane’s group, he played with the fathers of both Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison. Ravi, an accomplished saxophonist in his own right nowadays, not only had an iconic father but also the questing keyboardist-harpist Alice Coltrane as his mother. Matthew, bassist and electronic experimentalist, is the son of Jimmy Garrison, the bassist of the classic Coltrane quartet. For In Movement, their first album together, DeJohnette, Coltrane and Garrison touch upon multiple legacies, starting with that of John Coltrane. The recording begins with a distinctive treatment of his ever-moving Civil Rights Era elegy “Alabama,” a version that blends reverence with independence. The trio also abstracts the impressionistic “Blue in Green” by Miles Davis and Bill Evans (with DeJohnette one of the few musicians to have played in the bands of both men). There’s also “Serpentine Fire” from the hit ’70s R&B songbook of Earth, Wind & Fire; it serves as a funky tribute to the group’s late leader, Maurice White, who also collaborated with DeJohnette in their early years. There are original homages, too: “The Two Jimmy’s” nods doubly to fellow innovators Jimmy Garrison and Jimi Hendrix, while “Rashied” salutes the late, great Rashied Ali, a key foil on drums during Coltrane’s free-minded late period. Learn more here.

‘In Movement’ & ‘Return’ Album Review

There’s a sly urgency in Jack DeJohnette’s backbeat, which combines a strong forward pull with something cagey and equivocal. That rhythmic signature is crucial to the feel of some Miles Davis albums from the early 1970s and a range of other music since. The latest example is “In Movement,” the debut ECM release by an exploratory trio with Mr. DeJohnette on drums and piano, Ravi Coltrane on saxophones and Matthew Garrison on electronics and bass guitar.

Mr. DeJohnette, 73, has known the other members of this group since they were children, by way of their fathers, the saxophonist John Coltrane and the bassist Jimmy Garrison (who played in Coltrane’s quartet). That lineage provides a strong background hum for the trio, informing its repertory even without the obligations of a formal tribute. Continue reading on The New York Times.

Watch now a new episode of Jazz Interview Series

NYU Steinhardt Jazz Series features interviews with jazz musicians, hosted by Dr. David Schroeder, Director of Jazz Studies at NYU. Recorded January 31, 2015. Watch the complete interview here.

Newvelle Records

Happy to share with you information regarding Newvelle the vinyl subscription based company I am releasing my solo piano project with. Check out their video and visit Newvelle Records

An Evening of Solo Piano Tour

Return” scheduled for a vinyl release in April 2016 on Newvelle Records, features two brand new compositions as well as reinterpretations of compositions recorded with earlier bands and projects. Jack will be touring in Europe in the Spring  of 2016 presenting his new recording. The very first date will be at Sanat Culture Center in April 28th (LINK). Many more to be announced soon.

New date at St Cecilia Music Center Grand Rapids and New Orleans Jazz Festival

Join DeJohnette – Coltrane – Garrison April 21st at Royce Auditorium in Grand Rapids. MI. Get your ticket here.

New more dates!

Tap-dancing marvel Savion Glover shares the stage with Marshall Davis, Jr. and Jack DeJohnette. Get ready for Glover and DeJohnette to make exhilarating music together, with tap shoes and drumsticks riffing and creating a performance that will bring you to your feet. Happy to confirm new dates December 14th – Salt Lake City, on February 19th at Wharton Center, Michigan. February 26th at Manchester Craftsmen Concert Hall, Pittsburg . And many more. Check all timings and venues details in this link.

New Album Release!

ECM Records is releasing a new album In Movement. After years of performances in the United States, Japan and Europe, Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison got together in the studio in October to record a brand new album of original songs and renditions of classics. Produced by Manfred Eicher for an April 2016 release.

DownBeat readers Poll

Thankful for each Downbeat reader for you vote. Honored to share my name in a list of  great musicians and friends.

Percussion and rhythm meets in 2016

We are glad to announce the first dates of the An Evening with Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette tour for 2016. Both artists will gather together to present their musical and dance proposal. A journey of melodies extracting unprecedented and beautiful music living within two masterful souls. Michigan, Pittsburg, Miami and Gainesville are some of the first confirmed cities. Get all the info here