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Lyle MAYS With Marc JOHNSON & Jack DeJOHNETTE – Fictionary 1992

Posted in Jack DeJOHNETTE, JAZZ, Lyle MAYS, Marc JOHNSON on December 9, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Lyle MAYS With Marc JOHNSON & Jack DeJOHNETTE – Fictionary 1992


Lyle Mays, who came to fame for his electric collaborations with Pat Metheny, surprised many with this superior outing in an acoustic trio setting. On the liner jacket Mays thanks Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, and Paul Bley for their inspiration. If one adds in Chick Corea and especially Bill Evans, that should give listeners an idea of what to expect. However, to his credit (and with the assistance of bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Jack Dejohnette) Mays avoids performing overly played standards and sticks mostly to originals (including two free improvisations). There is no coasting on this excellent set.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
This cd is considered to be one of Lyle Mays’ best two efforts, the other being the maiden release under his own name in 1985.I have none of his renowned electric collaborations with Pat Matheny although I’m sure I have him in recordings with other groups within my collection.

The talent of Lyle Mays and the other trio members is well known through many recordings. Lyle Mays, besides being exceptional on the acoustic piano, is equally gifted with compositional skills. The tribute to Bill Evans, my favorite cut, captures all of the style and feeling associated with his (Evans) playing. “Fictionary”, “Sienna”, “Hard Eights”,”Something Left Unsaid”, and “Where Are You From Today” are excellent compositions and display not only Lyle’s artistry at the piano but the fine bass work of Marc Johnson and the exceptional light touches on the drums by Jack DeJohnette as well.
By Robert J. Ament.
Lyle Mays- (Piano);
Marc Johnson- (Bass);
Jack DeJohnette- (Drums).
01. Bill Evans  (4:49)
02. Fictionary  (7:11)
03. Sienna  (6:31)
04. Lincoln Reviews His Notes  (7:39)
05. Hard Eights  (7:34)
06. Something Left Unsaid  (4:53)
07. Trio # 2  (6:07)
08. Where Are You From Today  (5:30)
09. Falling Grace  (4:46)
10. Trio, No. 2  (5:26)
11. On The Other Hand  (5:02)

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Jack DeJOHNETTE´s Directions – Cosmic Chicken 1975

Posted in Jack DeJOHNETTE, JAZZ on November 29, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Jack DeJOHNETTE´s Directions – Cosmic Chicken 1975
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At his best, Jack DeJohnette is one of the most consistently inventive jazz percussionists extant. DeJohnette’s style is wide-ranging, yet while capable of playing convincingly in any modern idiom, he always maintains a well-defined voice. DeJohnette has a remarkably fluid relationship to pulse. His time is excellent; even as he pushes, pulls, and generally obscures the beat beyond recognition, a powerful sense of swing is ever-present. His tonal palette is huge as well; no drummer pays closer attention to the sounds that come out of his kit than DeJohnette. He possesses a comprehensive musicality rare among jazz drummers.

That’s perhaps explained by the fact that, before he played the drums, DeJohnette was a pianist. From the age of four, he studied classical piano. As a teenager he became interested in blues, popular music, and jazz; Ahmad Jamal was an early influence. In his late teens, DeJohnette began playing drums, which soon became his primary instrument. In the early ’60s occurred the most significant event of his young professional life — an opportunity to play with John Coltrane. In the mid-’60s, DeJohnette became involved with the Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. He moved to New York in 1966, where he played again with Coltrane, and also with Jackie McLean. His big break came as a member of the very popular Charles Lloyd Quartet from 1966-1968. The drummer’s first record as a leader was 1968’s The DeJohnette Complex. In 1969, DeJohnette replaced Tony Williams in Miles Davis’ band; later that year, he played on the trumpeter’s seminal jazz-rock recording Bitches Brew. DeJohnette left Davis in 1972 and began working more frequently as a leader. In the ’70s and ’80s, DeJohnette became something like a house drummer for ECM, recording both as leader and sideman with such label mainstays as Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler, and Pat Metheny.

DeJohnette’s first band was Compost; his later, more successful bands were Directions and Special Edition. The eclectic, avant-fusion Directions was originally comprised of the bassist Mike Richmond, guitarist John Abercrombie, and saxophonist Alex Foster. In a subsequent incarnation — called, appropriately, New Directions — bassist Eddie Gomez replaced Richmond and trumpeter Lester Bowie replaced Foster. From the mid-’70s, Directions recorded several albums in its twin guises for ECM. Beginning in 1979, DeJohnette also led Special Edition, a more straightforwardly swinging unit that featured saxophonists David Murray and Arthur Blythe. For a time, both groups existed simultaneously; Special Edition would eventually become the drummer’s performance medium of choice. The band began life as an acoustic free jazz ensemble, featuring the drummer’s esoteric takes on the mainstream. It evolved into something quite different, as DeJohnette’s conception changed into something considerably more commercial; with the addition of electric guitars and keyboards, DeJohnette began playing what is essentially a very loud, backbeat-oriented — though sophisticated — instrumental pop music.

To be fair, DeJohnette’s fusion efforts are miles ahead of most others’. His abilities as a groove-centered drummer are considerable, but one misses the subtle colorations of his acoustic work. That side of DeJohnette is shown to good effect in his work with Keith Jarrett’s Standards trio, and in his occasional meetings with Abercrombie and Dave Holland in the Gateway trio. DeJohnette remains a vital artist and continues to release albums such as Peace Time on Kindred Rhythm in 2007.
By Chris Kelsey, Rovi.
Alto and Soprano Saxophone- Alex Foster
Electric Guitar- John Abercrombie
Bass- Peter Warren
Drums, Keyboards- Jack DeJohnette
A1. Cosmic Chicken  4:53
A2. One For Devadip And The Professor  3:35
A3. Memories  5:58
A4. Stratocruiser  7:28
B1. Shades Of The Phantom  6:13
B2. Eiderdown  5:35
B3. Sweet And Pungent  3:32
B4. Last Chance Stomp  7:07

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