Jack DeJohnette – Sorcery (1974/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:17 minutes | 1,58 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Craft Recordings
While Sorcery was not Jack DeJohnette’s first appearance on record under his own name, it did mark a major step in his career, from first-call sideman to working bandleader. Both the mix of material (full of freedom, structure, electricity, and humor), the personnel, and DeJohnette’s own multifaceted role as drummer / keyboard player / composer predict the diverse paths his groups would pursue over the next two decades. Featured players include Bennie Maupin and Dave Holland, old partners from live and studio endeavors with Miles Davis; and two guitarists who would rise to prominence in later DeJohnette bands, John Abercrombie (Directions and New Directions) and Mick Goodrick.
A classic & courageous melding of offbeat-Fusion & unconventional Jazz, further elaborating under strong Avant/Free themes. Dejohnettes early work as a leader was some of his most adventurous & distinctive with a circle of brilliant musicians. They embraced Fusion consummately, but with a very personalized & distinguished mannerism that resists many of the genres stereotypes. This abstruse & uncommon personalization was then thrown into an Off-Road or Avant-Garde ambit making a truly delicious, totally novel, highly conceptual & impressively unpredictable confluence. Lead by Jack or John Abercrombie’s equally superb Gateway collective (both with Dave Holland as a close associate & brilliant contributor), these sessions found a platform through both Prestige Records or ECM. Incredibly, most of these early recordings with Jack at the helm have not been reissued. Sorcery is the only album from his early Avant-Jazz-Fusion creative output aside from the Gateway series that has been granted reissue treatment.
1. Jack DeJohnette – Sorcery #1
2. Jack DeJohnette – The Right Time
3. Jack DeJohnette – The Rock Thing
4. Jack DeJohnette – The Reverend King Suite: a) Reverend King / b) Obstructions / c) The Fatal Shot / d) Mourning / e) Unrest / f) New Spirits On The Horizon
5. Jack DeJohnette – Four Levels Of Joy
6. Jack DeJohnette – Epilog