Jack DeJohnette: Minority




Jack DeJohnette (piano)


The Jack DeJohnette Piano Album (Landmark 1504)

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Jack DeJohnette (piano),

Eddie Gomez (bass), Freddie Waits (drums)


Composed by Gigi Gryce


Recorded: January 14-15, 1985


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Swapping-saxophonists aside, Jack D. tops the list of jazz musicians who can record winning records on their non-primary instrument. Sure, Chick Corea sounds great on drums, Mingus sounds great on his piano album, and Joe Chambers sounds great on vibes, but Jack's seamless shift from colorful drummer to sophisticated pianist/composer is genuinely impressive, and for the most part, unprecedented in the jazz world. Perhaps most interesting is Jack's left hand his drumming has allowed him the rhythmic independence to place his chordal accompaniment in the most interesting of spaces. If you simply ignore the synthesizer-drenched, elevator-inspired version of Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time" that comprises the album's fifth track, this is an attractive study in piano playing from a rhythmic master.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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