With 50 years of drumming behind him, innovative jazz pioneer Jack DeJohnette introduces Hybrids, the debut album by The Ripple Effect, his latest collaborative project to be released on his own Golden Beams label. Featuring seven interpretations of previously recorded material (three of which have never been released) and one brand new track, Hybrids is a continuation of what DeJohnette has been accomplishing for a half-century: inspiring and creating music without boundaries. Produced and remixed by sound engineer Ben Surman, with guidance by DeJohnette himself, Hybrids launches jazz into the 21st century. Blending shades of African jazz, reggae and dance music into DeJohnette's already groove-heavy rhythmic patterns, The Ripple Effect's Hybrids is an eclectic foray into numerous disciplines that works as a whole. Borrowing heavily from Music from the Hearts of the Masters, his duo recording with Gambian kora master Foday Musa Suso, the African influence is tempered by the gorgeous vocals of Marlui Miranda, the most acclaimed and recognized performer and researcher of Brazilian Indian music. Multi-instrumentalist John Surman adds lilting strains of clarinet, saxophone and recorder, while Big Al polishes the project with effervescent guitar riffs. The ingenuity of each song lends itself to a broad audience.
Personnel: Jack DeJohnette - (drums, percussion), John Surman - (clarinet, saxophones, recorder), Ben Surman - (mixing, sound engineering), Big Al - (guitar), Foday Muso Suso - (kora), Marlui Miranda - (vocals)