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5.0 out of 5 stars Organic, beautiful...what jazz should be., January 28, 2012
This review is from: Sound Travels (Audio CD)
All jazz fans knew that Jack DeJohnette is a jazz master long before the NEA bestowed the formal title upon him a couple of weeks ago (and good for them!) But drummer-led albums don't really appeal to me, so I didn't plan on checking this out until I heard an interview with Mr. DeJohnette on WBGO, New York's great jazz station. What a surprise! First of all, he plays the piano on this album as well as the drums and his keyboard solos are lyrical and meditative. Second, there are amazing players on the album, new young voices like Spaulding and Akinmusire and Ries, and also veteran vocalists McFerrin and Hornsby (!). Third, this album is listener-friendly without being condescending. It is accomplished, but feels somehow home-made, like you're in the studio or even a living room with the players. There's not a trace of the sort of academic sound that too many jazz records have these days. It's what I would call "real music." If you get a chance to hear Jack DeJohnette talk about is music, you also can understand why this music is so warm and generous. He comes from a sadly bygone era in jazz, where there was a sense of adventure and openness in the exploration of music. But this album doesn't sound old at all...it's as fresh as right now. Don't sleep on it.
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Initial post: Mar 4, 2012 8:55:20 AM PST
Mc Ferrin, Hornsby?...........ouch....pass.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 11:04:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2012 11:06:48 PM PDT
Luminosa says:
Uhhh...maybe judge it by the music first instead of by the names of the artists (unless..haha...you have some bad personal biz w/em...like, they owe you $$ or ran off w/your spouse, etc) . You might be surprised.

I heard some of these tracks on the air and agreed with the reviwer that there was something fresh and captivating BEFORE I knew the album personnel...it's about the music and even artists you may not favor can turn it out in the right artistc circumstances.

Shoot, when out here in the wine country we sometimes have blind tastings...bags over bottles that may range in price from $12 to $120...the results can astound seasoned tasters. I am involved in jazz production and have been listening to satellite radio w/jazz masters and we play 'call it'...when tracks come on air....& that has time and again yielded wonderful surprises. So all this to say...yo: maybe listen up before looking down your nose and taking a pass

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2012 8:25:02 PM PDT
David Weitz says:
I found it boring, and he's one of my jazz heroes.
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