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3.33 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1 Bayou Fever 8:40
A2 Where Or Wayne 12:27
B1 Dream Stalker 5:56
B2 One Handed Woman 10:50
B3 Silver Hollow 8:23

Line-up / Musicians

Bass - Eddie Gomez
Drums, Piano - Jack DeJohnette
Guitar, Mandolin - John Abercrombie
Trumpet - Lester Bowie

Releases information

LP: ECM Records ECM 1128 (Germany), Trio Records PAP-9124 (Japan)

CD ECM (2000)

Recorded June 1978 at Talent Studios, Oslo.

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Review by Kazuhiro
3 stars It applies too much and there might be a part that doesn't fit in either if the word that is called Hard Bop and Post Bop used in the field of Jazz often especially considers the history concerning the music character of Jack DeJohnette and the activity.

In the form concerning the music character that Jack DeJohnette cultivated and the performance, it might be true to have given originality and the reformation at least in the field of Jazz/Fusion. It is likely to have been adopted as a standard of the point and one that corresponded to directionality to which Miles Davis surely did the point chosen as the group of Miles Davis as a successor of Tony Williams in especially 1968 at that time and the music character. The superior technology and originality had already been completed and expressed it.

And, the method of expressing Jack DeJohnette remarkably expressed after the 1970's is established by the exchange with various musicians and work with ECM Records. Competing of Chick Corea and Dave Holland. Or, an original music character that Jack DeJohnette advocated it to the item of Jazz as establishment of one form at this time was expressed by "Directions" of his own group and "New Directions". The existence of John Abercrombie might be also indispensable as the partner at this time. And, if the joint work and the work group in ECM Records are considered as a medium of the expression of the directionality at this time and the music character, the listener will be able to confirm to it completely accompanying the necessity through the album.

It hits an initial work by which Jack DeJohnette to say nothing of this album remarkably materialized the embodiment of the self and the music character. The recording is done in June, 1978. Part of diffused music character done as one for Jack DeJohnette to show technical expression in respect at this time concretely perhaps. The election and the appointment of the musician gathered to express them more concretely exactly have the necessity in this "New Directions". Especially, existence of John Abercrombie with flexibility. Or, the rhythm section with Eddie Gomez is harmonized and diffuses. Jack DeJohnette has the history to which it competed with player on the piano's Bill Evans. These situations and flows. Or, it is likely to contribute to harmony to which the appointment of Lester Bowie also expands the characteristic of ECM and the flavor of this album further.

It should make a special mention of the establishment of the work group of Jack DeJohnette including this album in ECM. And, the history that this album shines to Jazz contemporary's section in Academie Charles Cross in 1979 will have been proof to which originality and the reformation not simply surely caught as Hard Bop were advanced at this time. Route of Euro Jazz for musician and ECM appointed to this album to develop exactly and to establish. It might be thought that this album bears the part of one establishment and advocacy that Jazz that is taking the place from heterodoxy as legitimate gives in the 80's.

"Bayou Fever" is shape of Jazz that Jack DeJohnette exactly advocated and a flavor of Euro Jazz. And, the done fantastic consistent music character is expressed. The conversation of music by the melody and each musician of a mysterious theme advances repeating dismantlement and restructuring. Construction and harmony not to feel the call and response might express originality and diffusion well. The performance that moves freely advances making one wave.

The feature is to develop the melody not to feel "Where Or Wayne" rhythm of soupcon Latin and the characteristic of the theme. Sound of trumpet that constructs diffused melody. The construction of Chord of contrasted guitar gives it an active part. The progress of the tune by using the response and motion properly might be splendid. There is a part where constructing it with the note without the space in contains grace and aggressiveness, too. The tune including solo of bass might keep a good perfection.

In "Dream Stalker", a fantastic melody is a feature tune. This music character of four people might unite splendidly exactly. An anacatesthesia and a transparent feeling are splendidly expressed. The conversation of music by the composition in which the tempo is not felt, the development of Chord, and four people is elegant.

"One Hunded Woman" is a tune that gives interesting development. Part of construction of rhythm cymbals legato high-speed and a few Free Jazz. The tension rises further. Solo of continuing bass is done by bowing bass. Ensemble accelerates while keeping the tempo. The tension will shift to the rhythm of the shuffle before long in the latter half of the tune and become complete jazz blues.

"Silver Hollow" is a tune with a very beautiful melody. Jack DeJohnette plays the piano. It is said that Jack DeJohnette had already performed the keyboard at young time. Pat Metheny was made remarks that the piano that Jack DeJohnette did was called and it looked like the style of McCoy Tyner. Sound of trumpet with gloss in close relation to piano that does melody with expression of feelings beautifully as much as possible. Conversation of Call and response with piano and trumpet. And, solo of the guitar decides the beauty of the tune.

The expression of the performance in Special Edition and New Directions might have advocated what should be of very original Jazz for Jack DeJohnette for the field of Jazz. It might have appeared remarkably since the time of competing with Miles Davis. And, evolution and directionality are inevitably expressed in the work group at this time.

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