After graduating from Chicago’s American Conservatory of Music, Jack DeJohnette moved to New York City where from the mid-60s he played with a wide range of musicians. Comfortable playing with bluesmen, such as T-Bone Walker, and members of the avant garde, such as Muhal Richard Abrams, DeJohnette was in great demand. Musicians with whom he played in the late 60s include John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Stan Getz and Thelonious Monk. In 1970 he joined Miles Davis’ quintet, having previously played on Davis’ Bitches Brew (1969), and he also led his own groups, including Compost and New Directions. He played in Keith Jarrett’s trio, Rutya And Daitya (1973), and also in the Gateway Trio. Very active, DeJohnette played in many bands and contexts through the 80s and 90s, including recording with Lester Bowie and David Murray, and he also led his own Special Edition. Indeed, he was virtually house drummer for ECM Records. DeJohnette was also active as a composer and among his important works is a suite for the Rova Saxophone Quartet. He also worked in the 90s with Bobby McFerrin. Through these later years, DeJohnette often played piano and this and his compositions became of considerable significance in assessments of his work. In the late 00s, DeJohnette was interestingly teamed with John Patitucci and Danilo Perez, Music We Are (2009).
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