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Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement – ECM

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement – ECM

Family, friendship, musical camaraderie: all part of the latest from Jack DeJohnette. Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement [TrackList follows] ECM 2488, 54:21 [5/6/16] ****1/2: (Jack DeJohnette – drums, piano, electronic percussion; Ravi Coltrane – tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophone; Matthew Garrison – electric bass, electronics) What would the jazz world be without drummer, composer and forward-thinking Jack DeJohnette? Certainly a less interesting music universe, that’s for sure. He’s played hard-bop, avant-garde (he was an important member of the Chicago improvisational scene which led to the formation of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), fusion (with Charles Lloyd and then Miles Davis), and has collaborated with countless artists (Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, John Abercrombie, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield and a host of others). DeJohnette has had a lengthy sojourn on ECM, and his latest for that label is the 54-minute eight-track In Movement. For this late 2015 studio date, DeJohnette pulled together a stellar trio. DeJohnette is heard on drums, piano and electronic percussion; Ravi Coltrane is on tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophones (this is his first ECM-related project); and Matthew Garrison is on electric bass and contributes electronics (also the […]

The 2016 PDX Jazz Festival

The 2016 PDX Jazz Festival

The 2016 PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL in Portland Oregon The 13th annual Jazz Festival featured the timeless work of the towering mid-20th-century saxist John Coltrane. The quest of the city of Portland to live a meaningful life challenges PDX Jazz to present audiences with compelling programming and community outreach, and to foster the growth of musical offerings in the Pacific Northwest. The festival examined Coltrane’s dynasty thru a number of musical vantage points: family (Ravi Coltrane), legacy (Reggie Workman, and modern day masers associated with Coltrane’s music: Sonny Fortune, Azar Lawrence, Joe Lovano, JD Allen, Charles Lloyd, Javon Jackson, Orrin Evans, Chuck Israels, Mel Brown and Devin Philips. One of the big events of the festival was The Saxophone Summit Supreme concert. It featured JD Allen, Devin Phillips, and Jimmy Greene, all heavily influenced by Coltrane. Pianist Orrin Evans trio was heard in two programs in a supporting role. Many jazz artists across a broad musical spectrum performed during the 11-day festival in Portland. Gary Peacock                     made his Portland debut, and award-winning singer Dianne Reeves made a festival appearance. The festival was kicked off by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and the […]