Three Musical Brothers - on record together for the first time!
11 Magical Tracks, plus an exclusive 25-minute Behind-The-Scenes documentary DVD on the session.
In the 90's, iconic drummer Jack DeJohnette suggested to John Patitucci and Danilo Perez that they meet and play together. The pairing of Patitucci and Perez went on to be a major force in the jazz of the last decade plus.
Now, for the first time on record, Jack DeJohnette is joined by the master duo that he helped to create - on the brilliant MUSIC WE ARE
An intensely musical meeting of the minds - the recording finds Jack at the height of his creative and musical powers. Recorded during a snow storm near DeJohnette's home in the Catskills in New York, Music We Are captures the trio's unparalleled connection, improvisational compositions, and as DeJohnette explains, "a process of connecting in the studio and collectively following what made the most sense in a given moment" to deliver a musical statement of profound depth and remarkable range.
MUSIC WE ARE, produced by DeJohnette/Patitucci/Perez, combines strictly composed pieces, organically developed in the studio by the trio, with spacious collective improvisations to showcase the three virtuosos performing double-duty: DeJohnette on drums and melodica; Patitucci on upright and electric basses; and Perez on piano and Fender Rhodes.
Vinyl Edition available May 19, 2009.
There's not much hard-charging music here, so the Jack you heard when he collaborated with Bill Frisell a couple of years ago is missing here. Instead, he goes to his collection of bell cymbals for color. He's more likely to paint than to surge. His compositions are complex, with arranged parts throughout, but there's still plenty of room for Danilo Perez, one of the most original of an astonishingly large group of jazz pianists playing and recording today. Patitucci's playing on electric bass is often guitar-like. He contributes one composition to the CD, and Danilo Perez has written two for this recording.
In some ways, this trio is more democratic than Jack's main band, the Standards Trio with Keith and Gary, because here Jack's compositional and conceptual voice has much more prominence, and his playing is looser and more integral to the compositions themselves. This is another departure for Jack De Johnette, but it's a very satisfying one. Just don't expect to simply tap you feet to the groove.
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When I got the album I had certain expectations, having heard Jack Dejohnette play with piano greats such as Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and of course, Keith Jarret. I have even heard him leading a trio playing the piano with somebody else on drums. Listening to this album, therefore, was a complete surprise, because it is nothing like any of the music made with any of the fore mentioned collaborations.
This music transcends musical genres and boundaries. It is extraordinary in its scope and expression, and left me with same excitement I have only experienced at a live performance. With pianist Danilo Perez and bassist John Patatucci, the trio exudes an incredible sense of both ensemble and individual musical expression and power. The interchange between the individuals is exciting, and recognizes no musical clichés. They explore the genre they have come from and push hard into the regions of the modern classical without ever seeming contrived or pretentious. These are great musicians who don't believe in playing it safe. They truly have the courage of their musical and professional convictions, and have created, for me, a thing of great delight.
Jack Dejohnette has always been a master of time and space, and for everybody he has ever accompanied, he seems to create the space for them to fully explore their own musical ideas and clears a path for them and pushes them along it. In this album, he not only does this, but has co-created with them the very music they are taking down that path. The result is astonishing.
It would be very easy to imagine parts of this album being conceived as orchestral pieces, and perhaps, one day, have we might have the prospect of it being presented as such.
in the 1970's (when they out of their mind)..This is just too simple...Great introductory
Jazz though...If your a beginner go for it........