LIVE: Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette @ The Egg, 12/28/13

January 6th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Savion Glover

Savion Glover

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was a dynamic duel – all drumsticks and dance moves as the world’s greatest tap dancer faced off against the jazz world’s master drummer. It was like an epic poem – explosive, expanding, simply exquisite.

There was plenty more to see and hear throughout the concert. Savion Glover – who celebrated his 40th birthday the month prior – brought along Marshall Davis, Jr., the 1991 Star Search Teen Dance champion. And 71-year-old Jack DeJohnette brought along his top-notch band, featuring clarinetist Don Byron, pianist George Colligan and bassist Jerome Harris. There was some great music. There was some amazing, fluid dancing, full of style and grace. Dejohnette even slipped out from behind his drum kit to show off a bit of his own fancy footwork.

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JAZZ 2K: CD Picks of the Week

March 1st, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Reviews by J Hunter

Five bright new arrivals and proof that everything old can become new again:

Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels

“Sound Travels”
(Entertainment One)
It’s no surprise that Jack DeJohnette still kicks ass at age 70: As Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Roy Haynes have proven, the jazzers who age the best are the drummers. But on “Sound Travels,” it’s how DeJohnette kicks ass – and, believe it or not, it ain’t on drums! Yes, he does get behind the kit on this collection of nine originals, all written or co-written by DeJohnette. Most of the backbeat heroics, though, go to percussionist Luisito Quintero, who completes the Latin feel infused in tracks like the sensual “Indigo Dreamscapes,” the East-meets-West-and-goes-South bop of “New Muse” and the African/Cuban crossover title track. But for the most part, DeJohnette eschews his famed rolling-thunder attack in favor of making space for an all-star band featuring bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, guitarist Lionel Loueke, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, reed wizard Tim Ries and a heretofore-unknown keyboardist named… Jack DeJohnette! Yup, the heir to Tony Williams’ legacy plays beautiful, evocative piano – most notably backing Bobby McFerrin’s glistening vocalese on the meditative three-hander “Oneness” and all by himself on the whisper-soft coda “Home.” DeJohnette even plays piano on the twisting NOLA-survives anthem “Dirty Ground,” leaving co-author Bruce Hornsby nothing to do but sing! Take heart, fellow members of the Silver Headed Society! You’re never too old to re-invent yourself!

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Backstage @ SPAC with Jack DeJohnette, 6/25/11

July 1st, 2011, 11:50 am by Greg

Jack DeJohnette backstage @ SPAC during the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival, 6/25/11

Interview and video by Susan Brink

LIVE: Freihofer’s Jazz Festival @ SPAC, Day One, 6/25/11
LIVE: Freihofer’s Jazz Festival @ SPAC, Day Two, 6/26/11
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