There is a lot of history concentrated in Jack DeJohnette's adventurous new trio.
Fifty years ago, as a guest with John Coltrane's group, Jack DeJohnette played with the fathers of Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison, and the programme of In Movement opens with Coltrane's harrowing and still pertinent elegy "Alabama".
Other covers include the classic "Blue In Green" by Miles Davis and Bill Evans (Jack is one of the few musicians to have played in the bands of both men) and "Serpentine Fire", from the songbook of Earth, Wind and Fire, a tribute to Maurice White - who also collaborated with Jack in the early years. "The Two Jimmys" is an hommage to Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Garrison, innovators both, and "Rashied" salutes the late Rashied Ali, another great drummer from Coltrane's cosmos.
For all the wealth of references, this is indeed a band in movement, taking the music forward. Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison, in their ECM debuts, both respond magnificently to DeJohnette's driving drumming, Ravi with superb solos, Garrison with lean bass lines and imaginative looping electronics. Jack DeJohnette: "We are connected at a very high and extremely personal level that I believe comes through in the music."
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