Jack DeJohnette: One for Eric
One for Eric
Jack DeJohnette (piano, synthesizers, drums, percussion)
Special Edition (ECM 827694)
Jack DeJohnette (piano, synthesizers, drums, percussion),
Arthur Blythe (alto sax), David Murray (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Peter Warren (bass, cello).
Composed by Jack DeJohnette.
Recorded: March, 1979
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
All of Jack DeJohnette's sustained led or co-led groups produce consistently high-level jazz – from the Gateway group with John Abercrombie and Dave Holland, to the New Directions group consisting of Abercrombie, Lester Bowie and Eddie Gomez, to Special Edition, which featured a revolving cast of musicians that most notably included David Murray and Arthur Blythe. This record marks the first and most complete Special Edition outing, constantly shifting directions from this opening Dolphy tribute to the subsequent "Zoot Suite." Both are penned by DeJohnette and manage to invoke their inspirations while formulating an original group sound all the while. Highlights from this track include the clever Dolphy/ Mingus-esque melody and solos from Murray (on bass clarinet) and DeJohnette himself.
Reviewer: Eric Novod