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THE DEJOHNETTE COMPLEX

Jack DeJohnette

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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4 stars I read in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_DeJohnette_Complex: "The DeJohnette Complex is the debut album by Jack DeJohnette featuring Bennie Maupin, Stanley Cowell, Miroslav Vitous, Eddie Gomez, and Roy Haynes recorded in 1968 and released on the Milestone label in 1969." and, in the same page: "The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "The music ranges from advanced swinging to brief free improvisations and some avant-funk... Intriguing and generally successful music"."

In a way it is right in his desire to be an album of Avant Garde Jazz Funk to the extreme limit of Free Jazz that "The DeJohnette Complex" is a winning album still today. In my perception this is a great example also of early Progressive in USA, also if this sentence is not correct. The power of "The DeJohnette Complex" is not only the preparation of the musicians or the beauty of the compositions contained therein but, above all, the power that it gives off. The production, in fact, is all based on the work of mixing, so much so poor but cured.

The sound of the album is made ​​up entirely of drums, sax and melodica, so that power and melody are (where possible) that tastes like a whole big band, as can be misused. It is also impossible to have a favorite composition on this album, because it is a uniform set of compositions, gathered here in order to be heard one after another, without stopping or second thoughts.

As I understand of jazz, I can say that "The DeJohnette Complex" is an album born mature and aged very well. One of my favorite albums in my discography.

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