Jack DeJohnette Talking Jazz
Because the drum technique of Jack DeJohnette is so extraordinary, it is difficult for many jazz fans and critics alike to accept the fact that he is also a highly competitive jazz pianist. Of course, there is a long tradition of jazz drummers who play pretty good piano -- Philly Joe Jones and Joe Chambers to name only two -- but Jack’s piano playing is on another level of competency. I wanted to explore the interaction of these two passions with Jack, but also to discover what conditions generate such originality in concept and execution. And finally, since Jack’s drumming is unlike any other percussionist’s in terms of touch and feel, and his personal history includes performing experience with so many of the legends of contemporary jazz, he is a perfect candidate to plumb the reasons why the drums have been at the bottom of so much jazz history.