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Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

The schedule of bands and musicians for the 13th annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival has been announced, featuring five acts performing throughout the day on Saturday, September 6. The free…

Jack on WAMC radio show

Jack DeJohnette and Teri Roiger join WAMC radio show to talk about his show at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY on Saturday, August 16. The event is being produced…

Jack DeJohnette Trio Live in California

July 26th, 27th and 28th are the tree dates for performances in Santa Fe and California. After touring in Asia and Europe, the trio comes returns to the states. The…

Keith Jarret, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette live at NJPAC

NJPAC has just confirmed a show with  the trio on Sunday November 30th. 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of this iconic trio, which has garnered awards around and international  recognition…

European Summer Tour

Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland are the confirmed stops for the summer tour 2014. Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison will cross the ocean to play in prestigious…

Unique date in Canada

Jack DeJohnette Trio will be performing in Canada at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. Twenty years ago, Jack DeJohnette brought saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison together…


      I'm pleased to invite you to Riverfront Jazz Festival in Albany next Saturday 6th. See you there!

      Albany's Riverfront Jazz Festival 2014
      Come enjoy Albany's Jazz Festival on September 6, 2014. In it's 13th year, the festival brings acclaimed musical guests, great food and fireworks! And best of all, it's FREE!

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      When I started writing for the Soho News in 1974, the first jazz review I published there was of Jack DeJohnette at Ornette Coleman’s Artists House in SoHo, one of the earliest loft venues. Jack had played the drums with Charles Lloyd and for Miles Davis during his innovative electric period, including "Bitches Brew" and the touring band that played the Fillmore East in 1970. He later led a band called Compost in the heady days of jazz-rock. By May of 1974, DeJohnette was 32 and playing in a duo and trio setting with bassist Dave Holland (another young Miles alum and rising star) and John Abercrombie on guitar. Jack’s first instrument was the piano, and he performed part of the show on Moog synthesizer, with Barry Altschul sitting in on drums for one number. The gig had a kind of raw, hothouse feel to it, as if the potentialities of merging jazz and rock were being worked out in public, on the fly as it were, and I felt lucky to be there.

      I felt just as lucky 40 years later to be at the Bearsville Theater on Saturday night, where DeJohnette was still masterful—and still playing with young pheenoms. His new trio unites the John Coltrane’s son, Ravi, and Matt Garrison, the son of Jimmy Garrison, the brilliant bassist in Trane’s epochal Quartet that included McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. On soprano and tenor sax, Ravi Coltrane showed a power and lyrical inventiveness reminiscent of his father, but he seemed to come into his own on the sopranino sax, a juicy-sounding instrument about half the length of a soprano and an octave higher than an alto sax. The rarely played sopranino seemed to accentuate the inherent sweetness in Ravi’s sound, but also accounted for some of his most blistering sweeps of improvisation, especially in the longer second set.

      Matt Garrison, wielding a Fodera five-string electric bass, occasionally played via a laptop, generating some clearly un-basslike music that showed how far the fusion of jazz and rock had come since the days of Bitches Brew and Compost. At other times Garrison turned in complex solos that recalled his father’s most creative work on the upright bass, and often used his four-finger technique, which allowed his instrument to sound more like a guitar. Still, he could lay down a strongly accented bass line when needed, as on the Coltrane classic “A Love Supreme,” which DeJohnette referred to with some amusement as “our five-minute version,” saying this was the first time they had played it live.

      Jack DeJohnette hasn’t lost any of his power or nuance on drums, and switched off to the electric keyboard for a couple of ballads: “Blue in Green” (from the album "Kind of Blue" on which John Coltrane played memorably), and an original, “Pastel Rhapsodies.” Yet he seemed happy to spotlight his young musicians rather than taking more solo space for himself. At times, because of the tendency of horns to dominate any jazz combo, the band almost sounded like Ravi Coltrane’s, a tribute to his developing maturity and confidence. And yet, after one astonishing sax solo, Garrison responded with a bass solo of depth and delicacy, perhaps his most subtle work of the night, making it clear that he was as much a master of his instrument as anyone on stage. The strength in soft nuance he displayed brought to mind the famous lines from chapter 78 of the “Tao Te Ching,” as translated by Derek Lin (“Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained,” SkyLight Paths, 2006.):

      Nothing in the world is softer or weaker than water
      Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong
      This is because nothing can replace it
      That the weak overcomes the strong
      And the soft overcomes the hard
      Everybody in the world knows
      But cannot put into practice

      On this night, though, the music wasn’t about overcoming anything but the daily struggle of life. The Jack DeJohnette Trio is a band in balance, generating music that uplifts you and leaves you, to use Ornette Coleman’s phrase, “dancing in your head.”

Tour Dates

  • 06
    Jack DeJohnette Trio
    Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival / Albany/ USA
  • 19
    Keith Jarret, Jack DeJohnette & Gary Peacock
    Chicago Simphony Center/ Chicago/ USA
  • 30
    Jack DeJohnette Trio
    Philharmonie Köln/ Köln/ Germany

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