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Special Edition

Jack DeJohnette Audio CD
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Born in 1942, Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers. In his early years in Chicago scene, he led his own groups and was equally in demand as a pianist and as a drummer, collaborating with most major figures in jazz history, such as: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, Jackie McLean, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan ... Read more in Amazon's Jack DeJohnette Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B001BOX2X6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The debut of one of the signature bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s, 'Special Edition' was Album Of The Year in the DownBeat 1980 Reader's Poll, and features two classic John Coltrane compositions - "Central Park West" and "India".

Recorded 1979

Jack DeJohnette - (drums, piano, melodica), David Murray - (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), Arthur Blythe - (alto saxophone), Peter Warren - (bass, cello)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, this is a superb recording! The playing is vivid and even humorous yet also a bit melancholic. The sound world created by the utmostly personal compositions and masterful and highly emotionate improvisation as well as the instrumental structure of the group is beautiful and evokes a feeling of strangeness. The most notable thing is, however, that the melodies and especially the small formal structures point strongly to Western classical music. All DeJohnette's own pieces feel like miniatures of a basic classical compositional concept (not strictly sonata form), simplified and arranged for a jazz combo and the jazz idiom. The two Coltrane pieces are imaginatively reworked versions that fit the mood(s) of the other pieces perfectly, yet are also different [composition-wise] from the other three.

This classic recording has earned a highest possible recognition. ECM fans yet to buy this recording wouldn't be disappointed, but also anyone willing to take a journey into sometimes wild yet friendly and dark yet smooth and beautiful sound world would be highly rewarded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessity for a jazz colector 25 May 2013
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A vivid and intelligent, on the right side of sophistication, jazz album. It has a freshness that stands time, just like many of the classic jazz recordings from the 60's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dejohnette The Master 28 Mar 2011
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This is a superb album full of wonderful compositions and playing. Jack Dejohnette is the complete musician really: peerless drummer,original composer and a very sensitive pianist. All of his own albums are great and of course he has played on countless sessions for others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack DeJohnette, man!! 1 Sep 2006
By Joe Pierre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This Jack DeJohnette date is a studio recording from 1980 that features a quartet with David Murray on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Arthur Blythe on alto, and Peter Warren on bass and cello. It's true that Jack DeJohnette is something of an impressionist drummer and, as such, he helped define the sound of the ECM label, home of Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, and Jan Garbarek. He was also known for the occasional piano excursion and on this album plays both piano and melodica when he's not on the skins, while showcasing his compositional talents with 3 originals and 2 Coltrane tunes.

In addition to DeJohnette's adventurous writing, this recording is really defined by the presence of World Saxophone Quartet players David Murray and Arthur Blythe. David Murray is the heir apparent to Eric Dolphy, and here he pays tribute to the bearded one with bass clarinet excursions on the DeJohnette penned "One for Eric" and the Coltrane/Dolphy standard "India." Murray has really mastered this instrument (though he typically favors tenor sax) and I'm always searching for albums where he gets it out. Like Murray, Blythe is also comfortable stretching things out in the upper register with wails and squawks when the moment calls for it.

On "One for Eric," after the players state the theme, Murray gets into a sauntering bass clarinet exploration before Blythe picks up the pace in the second half with a wailing alto sax solo, then bass and drum solos before the group returns to repeat the theme in unison to conclude. Fairly straight ahead structure here with fiery solos. "Zoot Suite" on the other hand, alternates between a repeated six-note stanza, with the players dancing around it very much in the spirit of the WSQ, and sections of third-stream cello-infused textures. Murray and Blythe get into a duel at the 2/3rds mark, before a return to third-stream impressionistics to round out the piece. Coltrane's "Central Park West" is a brief, languid ballad with the horns and cello playing an almost dirge without time for any soloing. "India" has DeJohnette starting things off on piano, with Murray on bass clari and Blythe on alto coming in like Coltrane and Dolphy before Murray goes into his solo and then Blythe following -- this tune is similar in form to the first track, with great horn soloing on top of a fairly standard arrangement.

It's "Journey to the Twin Planet" that is the standout here, and apparently an acquired taste, though I acquired this album because of this particular track. It's a bit avante garde and starts deceptively slow and exploratively with melodica, tenor, and alto sputtering, squawking, and blowing airily before things gradually build to a spastic, orgiastic release at 2:22 with all four players going at it -- DeJohnette crashing the cymbals, Murray blustering away, Blythe caterwalling, and Warren plucking furiously. Then they're back to the careful explorations that they started with, continuing at a snails pace with melodica, cello, and horns, before segueing into a melodica-led rhythm that sounds like something Steve Reich would have written. It's adventurous, other-worldly, and out-there -- honestly, I wish the whole album was like this, though obviously some will feel the opposite.

At 38 minutes, this is an all-too-short album, but the DeJohnette arrangements, fierce blowing by Murray and Blythe, and curious instrumentation make this a fascinating and enjoyable album.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sidemen and interesting material 6 Oct 2000
By ebrinkma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a very cool album from drummer DeJohnette. His sidemen, Arthur Blythe and David Murray are both superb soloists, and each of them get some room to show their talents. Three of the five tunes are DeJohnette's originals, my favorite of which is the rather catchy "Zoot Suite". Filling out the album are two Coltrane tunes. For the most part, this has none of the atmospheric and cool aesthetic that most ECM albums have. It is quite lively and at times ferocious. Definitely worth checking out.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the BEST DeJohnette CD/record 29 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is by far my favorite DeJohnette record. The writing is interesting and the playing is top notch. The material pushes "out" more than DeJohnette's other records but in a way that makes this music unique. It sounds like a band... not a blowing session. Murray, Blythe, and Reid play so beautifully on this record... and different from any other recording I've heard of any of them. This CD is not to be missed. As for the drumming (it is a drummer's record-although you may not know by the interesting compositions) it is classic DeJohnette: dark, earthy, elastic, swinging, intellectual, soulful, and before he started playing the clanky, unmusical cymbals with drums tuned for funk/rock. He sounds like a Chicago drummer in the tradition of Wilbur Campbell, Steve McCall, Phillip Wilson, Don Moye. Too bad things didn't continue this direction... not that all the others are bad. This is just a particularily good one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dejohnette makes it special 7 May 2007
By Case Quarter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
someone made a mistake, the amazon editorial review refers to a different recording, the personnel on special edition consists of peter warren on bass and cello, david murray on tenor sax and bass clarinet, arthur blythe on alto, and dejohnette playing drums, piano and melodica.

two coltrane songs, central park west and india, and three originals by jack dejohnette, make up the recording. on central park west, warren's cello harmonizes with the horns. one of the highlights of the recording is how well murray and blythe harmonize together and play off of each other, particularly on journey to the twin planet, evocative of a spaceship from a sci-fi film. blythe and murray play with wonderful control on all the compositions which seem to be kept brief for that reason. india, at six minutes, shorter in time than coltrane's rendition, ended too soon for me. i love the sound of the bass clarinet, and what murray does with it on one for eric.

dejohnette's drumming, his approach on the cymbals, is all his own, which is why he's become in recent years, more than ever, the drummer of choice for so many other group leaders. as a leader himself, he shines, having assembled the players he did, and the way he did, for the five musical selections, and for his nods towards the music of ornette coleman and lester bowie and the world saxophone quartet.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better CD's I bought this year 23 Nov 2008
By Anthony Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This re-release is a very strong CD. The description on Amazon is wrong - supporting players are David Murray and Arthur Blythe on saxes, and Peter Warren on bass. "One For Eric" intersperses a written riff with free-ish soloing by the band. David Murray starts on bass clarinet, and you hear the wood in the instrument (I was going to say he sounds 'wooden' but that's not right- he sounds great throughout this CD). "Zoot Suite", per its name, has a few disparate elements. It begins almost like a World Saxophone Quartet song (there's three saxes in the beginning, I'm not sure how they're doing that) with a small solo over a saxophone ostinato. After some free playing, they return to that same catchy beginning riff. "Central Park West" is almost a feature for Peter Warren's cello. It's nice, but doesn't have any improvisation. "India" is a very good version of the CD's second Coltrane song. It's fairly straightforward, but still witchy and mysterious. Jack Dejohnette plays piano in the beginning. "Journey To The Twin Planet" is the free-est song on the disc. The band is in fine form, and I like the improvisation.

Any jazz fan who appreciates a little freedom (though I wouldn't call this CD 'free jazz') should definitely pick this up. David Murray fans should especially get this one.
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