Friday January 31, 2014
Interview | DeJohnette, Lovano, Spalding and Genovese arrive on Saturday with the Spring Quartet
By: Giovanni Russonello
I was talking to Esperanza Spalding in late 2011 about her soon-to-be-released album, Radio Music Society, when she mentioned Jack DeJohnette, who’d guest starred on a few tracks. When she met him, she said, they’d gotten into a conversation about his past work, and he mentioned his 1992 album, Music from the Fifth World. She purchased it and popped it into her car stereo. “I was expecting some swinging jazz record, so I cranked the volume up high,” she remembered. Before long, a devastating wash of electric guitars and crunching percussion was overwhelming her speakers. She described it as “some crazy mix of reggae and heavy metal and jazz.” Whew.
Why mention this now? Spalding and DeJohnette are going to be at the Warner Theatre this Saturday to perform with the Spring Quartet, jazz’s all-star group du jour. It also features the great Joe Lovano on saxophone and Leo Genovese on piano. While I can’t guarantee reggae or metal or any wild card in particular, it’s safe to say that the options are wide open. Expect surprises.
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