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Monday December 14, 2015

From Slug Magazine
By Alex Blackburn

GETTING THE BEAT RIGHT WITH JACK DEJOHNETTE

I often was told, when I was first picking up the instrument, that the drums are the heart of any band. “That’s bullshit,” I would say back. “What about all the bands that don’t have any drums?” Of course, I was just being sarcastic at the time, but I’ve since realized that it’s not actually the drums that are the heart of any band—it’s rhythm. Rhythm is the heart of any band, and if you ask rhythm guru Jack DeJohnette about it like I did, he’ll tell you, “Everything is rhythm, man. Your heartbeat is rhythm. We’re talking—it’s rhythm. It’s all rhythm.”

DeJohnette kicks off a tour with world-renowned tap dancer Savion Glover on Monday, Dec. 14 at Capitol Theater, where the two masters will combine rhythm and dance into an evening of improvisation. “Dancing is drumming,” says DeJohnette. “Drummers have become tap dancers, tap dancers have become drummers. It goes back and forth … Anything I play, [Glover] can play back and vice versa. That’s why we’re such a great team.” The two have built a quick rapport performing duets together, and next week’s performance will feature the culmination of their work together.

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