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Wednesday June 22, 2016

From Observer
By Ron Hart

The Best Jazz Albums of 2016 (So Far)

Jack Dejohnette only played with John Coltrane once for three songs in the early-’60s. But a half century later, the iconic Chicago drummer finds himself leading a group comprised of Trane’s son Ravi on sax as well as Matthew Garrison, the son of longtime Coltrane bassist Jimmy Garrison. And all you have to do is listen to the opening strains of their version of Papa’s “Alabama” to get the gist of the futuristic modality these three men bring out here.

Together, this incredible cross generational trio ushers in this great jazz legacy into the now with an incorporation of electronics that offers a nod to the skills of the youngest member of the esteemed Coltrane/McLeod clan, Flying Lotus, thanks to the laptop knowhow of bassist Garrison. The trio even does a beautiful meditation on Miles Davis’ “Blue In Green”, a loving homage to both Ravi’s pops and Jack’s old charge in the same cool breath. In Movement is, in a word, magnificent.

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