Jack DeJohnette (* 9. August 1942 in Chicago , Illinois ) is an American jazz - drummer and pianist .
Live and act
Jack DeJohnette took piano lessons from age four to fourteen and switched to drums in high school; his musical role model at the time was Max Roach . He studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago . In his early years in Chicago, he played across a broad musical spectrum, from rhythm and blues to free jazz . In 1966 he moved to New York and accompanied the organist John Patton as drums , worked with Jackie McLean and accompanied the singers Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln . From 1966 to 1969 he was a member of the Charles Lloyd Quartet at the side of the young Keith Jarrett , which made him internationally known. Lloyd's group was the first jazz band to play in front of a rock audience; DeJohnette traveled with her several times to Europe and the Far East. During this time he also appeared with John Coltrane , Thelonious Monk , Freddie Hubbard , Stan Getz , Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, as well as with Bill Evans (with the latter in Montreux in 1968). Since then he has been one of the most influential jazz drummers.
After he had already played in a few sessions with Miles Davis in November 1968 (for example on the tracks "Directions 1" and "2" as well as "Ascent", which later appeared on the album Directions ), he became a member of the Miles Davis group in the summer of 1969. Band, where he replaced Tony Williams and took part in the recordings for the epoch-making work Bitches Brew . In April and June 1970 he performed with Davis at Fillmore West in San Francisco and at Fillmore East in New York. DeJohnette remained - intermittently - until June 1972 (for the recording of On the Corner ) in the Davis band, when he was replaced by Al Foster . At that time he also led his own formations and played melodica , piano, clavinet and organ in addition to drums . Miroslav Vitouš also brought him to his album Infinite Search .
After leaving Miles Davis, he founded the fusion band Compost . In the 1970s, Jack DeJohnette was a much sought-after sideman in numerous ECM sessions; Starting in 1976, a number of albums under his own name were created on the Munich label, beginning with Untitled by his Directions , a quintet with guitarist John Abercrombie who accompanied him on half of the pieces for the solo album Pictures, which was released in the same year DeJohnette also plays the organ and piano. DeJohnette worked (alongside Dave Holland ) in his trio Gateway , and Abercrombie is also back in "New Directions" (1978-79), alongside Lester Bowie and Eddie Gomez . During these years DeJohnette u. a. also involved in recordings by Terje Rypdal , John Surman , Kenny Wheeler and Jan Garbarek . In 1979 Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition was created , first with David Murray and Arthur Blythe , then John Purcell and Chico Freeman on saxophones, and Peter Warren or Rufus Reid on bass , although this quartet constellation was sometimes expanded. Martin Kunzler mentions in his lexicon article the "unusual ensemble virtuosity with different stylistic material". His albums Special Edition and Album Album were voted album of the year in the Down Beat readers' poll.
With Irresistible Forces (1987) he rejuvenated his special edition with musicians who are associated with M-Base : Greg Osby , Gary Thomas , Lonnie Plaxico , and in 1990 the pianist Michael Cain , who was the guitarist Mick (who is not entirely dissimilar from Abercrombie and his age) Goodrick in formation followed. In the years that followed, Cain also took part in other DeJohnette projects in which he increasingly turned to world music and New Age . He not only played classical piano trio album one ( The Jack DeJohnette Piano Album , 1985), but also recordings alone with synthesizer and percussion, giving it a Grammy - nominated and an award for Best New Age Album of the Year ( Peacetime , 2009). With the (only) nominated Music in the Key of Om and the duo recording Music from the Hearts of the Masters with the West African Kora player Foday Musa Suso , he founded his own independent label Golden Beams Productions in 2005.
Since the early 1980s he has been the drummer of the Keith Jarrett Trio, which still exists today (with Gary Peacock on bass). In addition, the collaboration with Pat Metheny ( 80/81 and Song X with Ornette Coleman ) and the one with Michael Brecker , on whose first recording (under his own name, 1986), like the last one before his death, DeJohnette was involved ( Pilgrimage , 2007 ). He also accompanied the late Sonny Rollins on five albums from the late 1980s until 2000 .
Jack DeJohnette is an excellent improviser and follows the style of the two great drummers of the 1960s, Tony Williams and Elvin Jones , where he manages to combine elements of free jazz with the rhythm of R&B . Ian Carr counts him among the most talented drummers in modern jazz; Richard Cook and Brian Morton noted in 2001 that DeJohnette Ray Brown , Milt Hinton and Billy Higgins had overtaken the rank of most recorded jazz musician. He is also considered a profound composer; His works include " Ahmad the Terrible ", "Ebony", "Herbie's Hand Cocked", "Indigo Dreamscapes", "Irresistible Forces", "Jack In", "Lydia" and "Milton".
In 2016 Rolling Stone listed him as 40th of the 100 best drummers of all time .
As a leader
- The DeJohnette Complex ( Milestone , 1968)
- Have You Heard (Milestone, 1970)
- Sorcery ( Prestige , 1974)
- Cosmic Chicken (Prestige, 1975)
- Untitled ( ECM , 1976) Jack DeJohnette's Directions with John Abercrombie and Alex Foster
- Pictures (ECM, 1976) solos and duos with John Abercrombie
- New Rags (ECM, 1977) Directions
- New Directions (ECM, 1978) with Lester Bowie , John Abercrombie and Eddie Gomez
- Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition (ECM, 1980) with David Murray and Arthur Blythe
- New Directions in Europe (ECM, 1980)
- Tin Can Alley (ECM 1982) Special Edition with Chico Freeman , John Purcell
- Inflation Blues (ECM, 1983) Special Edition with Baikida Carroll as a guest
- Album Album (ECM, 1984) Special Edition with David Murray, John Purcell and Howard Johnson
- The Jack DeJohnette Piano Album (Landmark, 1985)
- Irresistible Forces ( Impulse! / MCA , 1987) Special Edition with Greg Osby , Gary Thomas , Lonnie Plaxico , Mick Goodrick and Naná Vasconcelos
- Audio-Visualscapes (Impulse! / MCA, 1988) Special Edition
- Zebra (MCA, 1989) JDJ only synthesizer in duo with Lester Bowie
- Parallel Realities (MCA, 1990) Trio with Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock
- Earth Walk ( Blue Note , 1991) with Osby, Thomas, Plaxico and Michael Cain
- Music for the Fifth World (Manhattan, 1993) with Vernon Reid and John Scofield
- Extra Special Edition (Blue Note, 1995) with Bobby McFerrin
- Dancing with Nature Spirits (ECM, 1995) Trio with Michael Cain and Steve Gorn
- Oneness (ECM, 1997)
- Music in the Key of Om (Golden Beams, 2005) Solo, Grammy - nominated as "Best New Age Album"
- Hybrids (2005) The Ripple Effect with John Surman , Ben Surman and Foday Musa Suso
- The Elephant Sleeps but Still Remembers (Golden Beams, 2006) Trio with Bill Frisell and Ben Surman
- Peace Time (Now Forward, 2008) Solo, Grammy 2009 as "Best New Age Album"
- Music We Are (Golden Beams, 2009) with Danilo Pérez and John Patitucci
- Live at Yoshi's 2010 (Golden Beams, 2011) with Rudresh Mahanthappa , David Fiuczynski , George Colligan and Jerome Harris
- Sound Travels (Golden Beams / eOne, 2012)
- Made in Chicago (ECM, 2015), with Muhal Richard Abrams , Roscoe Mitchell , Henry Threadgill , Larry Gray
- In Movement (ECM, 2016), with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison
- Hudson (2017), with Larry Grenadier , John Medeski, and John Scofield
As a co-leader
- With Keith Jarrett : Ruta and Daitya (ECM, 1972)
- Gateway (trio with John Abercrombie and Dave Holland ): Gateway (ECM, 1975), Gateway II (ECM, 1977), Homecoming (ECM, 1995), In the Moment (ECM, 1996)
- With David Murray : In Our Style ( DIW , 1986)
- With John Surman : Invisible Nature (ECM, 2000)
- With Foday Musa Suso : Music from the Hearts of the Masters (Golden Beams, 2005)
- Trio Beyond (with Larry Goldings and John Scofield ): Saudades (ECM, 2006)
- With Danilo Pérez and John Patitucci : Music We Are (Golden Beams, 2009)
- The Super Premium Band (trio with Kenny Barron and Ron Carter ): Sounds of New York (Eastwind, 2011)
As a sideman
- Charles Lloyd : Forest Flower (1966)
- Miles Davis : Bitches Brew (Aug 1969); Live Evil (December 1970)
- John Abercrombie : Timeless (1974), Night (1984)
- Kenny Wheeler : Gnu High (1975)
- Gary Peacock : Tales of Another (1977)
- Pat Metheny : 80/81 (1980)
- Joanne Brackeen : Special Identity (1981)
- Keith Jarrett : Standards Vol. I and II (1983); Changes (1983); Standards Live (1985); Still Live (1986); Changeless (1987); The Cure (1990); Bye Bye Blackbird (1991); Tokyo '96 (1998); After the Fall (1998), Whisper Not (1999), Inside Out (2000), Always Let Me Go (2001); Up for It (2002), Somewhere (2009)
- Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman : Song X (1985)
- Gordon Beck : For Evans Sake (1991)
- Michael Brecker : Michael Brecker (1987); Tales from the Hudson (1996); Pilgrimage (2007)
- Lyle Mays : Fictionary (1993)
- Herbie Hancock : The New Standard (1996)
- Anouar Brahem : Blue Maqams (2017)
- Ian Carr , Digby Fairweather , Brian Priestley : Rough Guide Jazz. The ultimate guide to jazz. 1800 bands and artists from the beginning until today. 2nd, expanded and updated edition. Metzler, Stuttgart / Weimar 2004, ISBN 3-476-01892-X .
- Richard Cook , Brian Morton : The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD . 6th edition. Penguin, London 2002, ISBN 0-14-051521-6 .
- Leonard Feather , Ira Gitler : The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press, New York 1999, ISBN 0-19-532000-X .
- Wolf Kampmann (Ed.), With the assistance of Ekkehard Jost : Reclams Jazzlexikon . Reclam, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-15-010528-5 .
- Martin Kunzler: Jazz Lexicon . Reinbek, Rowohlt, 1988
Grammy Awards :
- 2009: Best New Age Album
- In 2011 he received the Jazz Masters Fellowship from the state NEA Foundation .
- Literature by and about Jack DeJohnette in the catalog of the German National Library
- Jack DeJohnette's website
- Jack DeJohnette interview at jazzdrummerworld.com
- Jack deJohnette at Allmusic (English)
- Jack DeJohnette at Discogs (English)
- ↑ 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time. Rolling Stone , March 31, 2016, accessed August 6, 2017 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American jazz drummer and pianist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 9, 1942|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Chicago , Illinois , United States|