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A Guide to Jack DeJohnette on Bandcamp

Jack DeJohnette is a clear contender for greatest jazz drummer alive, but as far as living jazz legends go, he’s sometimes taken for granted. It’s easy to get a grip on musicians with a clear career arc: starting with straight-ahead acoustic material in the ’50s or ’60s, progressing into avant-garde or fusion worlds in the ’70s and either staying there or turning back to the standards. It’s harder to pin down someone who’s had feet in all three worlds simultaneously since 1966.
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Skyline by Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette (5 Passion Records)

Like several other respected musicians, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba emigrated from Cuba to the U.S. seeking opportunities. He won a Grammy after his arrival. For his new album of Afro-Cuban accented jazz, Rubalcaba sought two of his heroes. The rhythm section of bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jack DeJohnette prove to be sensitive collaborators on a project to which each musician contributes compositions (plus one co-written by the trio). The flow of musicianship is organic, with an almost palpable sense that they enjoyed the session as they explored the outlines of melody, harmony and rhythm.
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