Monday, June 1, 2020
Jack DeJohnette: Jazz & Spirituality
I was watching and really enjoyed a wonderful Facebook Live broadcast last Friday evening from Jazz House Kids hosted by bassist Christian McBride with special guests Eric Harland, Carl Allen and Cindy Blackman (with appearances by Chick Corea, David Sanborn, Dianne Reeves and Roy Haynes!) It was a very entertaining and informative session and I will surely return for more. However, in particular, their discussion on the legacy of Jack DeJohnette really got my mind thinking and prompted me towards a late-night DeJohnette-inspired internet and YouTube binge.
I was really inspired by these two pieces from Jack DeJohnette in particular, for two related reasons:
First, here is an article from Best Self: Holistic Heath & Conscious Living entitled Jazz & Spirituality: The Mindful Music of Jack DeJohnette in which DeJohnette discusses his philosophy and thoughts on the powerful healing power of music.
Furthermore, here's a wonderful clip of Jack improvising on an instrument I know only as a Handpan or a Hang drum (?)
While we know DeJohnette as a drummer and accomplished pianist, his imagination and musicality knows no bounds. I am always inspired by musicians when they play another instrument (or engage in any other creative endeavour) and, as in this case, their profound musicality and message always comes across clear as day.